There are jumping spiders, and there is the Hyllus Giganteus, a unique jumping spider that is reportedly one of the biggest jumping spiders you’ll ever come across. Thanks to their intimidating size, Hyllus Giganteus can overwhelm their prey and fend for themselves in the wild.
Compared to other leapers out there, particularly the regal jumping spider, Hyllus Giganteus appears a lot bigger and can execute more daring jumps to hunt or get away from predators. Read on as we will be showing you everything you need to know about Hyllus Giganteus and why they are such an intelligent species of jumping spiders.
What is the scientific name of Hyllus Giganteus?
While other spider species have a general name they go by, this species of spider is scientifically referred to as the Hyllus Giganteus. Although the name sounds a bit strange, we have come to realize that their name was coined from their intimidating size.
Sure, there are other more prominent species of jumping spiders out there, but if you’re interested in knowing the largest jumping spider out there, this is the one for you. And because of their huge size, this species of jumping spiders can hunt both small and large prey without any problem.
Where the Hyllus Giganteus lives?
There is very little information on where the Hyllus Giganteus is from. While some experts believe that they are a native of Africa, Europe, and Asia, we have come across some scanty piece of information that describes them as naturally occurring in Australia and Southern Asia.
And from everything we have garnered so far, our spider friends seem to thrive very well in both temperate and tropical regions, so it’s not very uncommon to find them in almost all continents. And because of their impeccable survival skills, our furry friends can thrive both in the wild and in captivity.
How big is the Hyllus Giganteus get?
It’s not a mistake that they are regarded as the largest species of jumping spider. And If you ever come across this beautiful jumping spider, you’ll instantly be attracted by its unique color and size.
In terms of size, there are only very few species of jumping spiders that come close to the Hyllus Giganteus. Although the regal jumping spider also features an intimidating size, it is still a few inches smaller than the Hyllus Giganteus.
To put things simply, the Hyllus Giganteus measures between 15 to 25 inches in length.
While the females are a lot bigger than their male counterparts, which is something that most species of jumping spiders have in common, we don’t have clear information on exactly how big the female Hyllus Giganteus is.
Like other jumping spiders, Hyllus Giganteus are brilliant hunters who can effectively fend for themselves in the wild. Thanks to their impressive size, our spider friends can take on both small and larger prey. From tiny insects like flies, roaches, crickets to larger prey like grasshoppers and the likes, our leaper friends aren’t scared of taking on any prey.
And because they can jump almost eight times their average body length, our furry friends can stalk and take out their prey with precision jumps. And guess what, their brilliant jumping skills also means that they can evade predators easily.
And before we forget, let us also add that Hyllus Giganteus has one of the most highly developed visual systems. This gives them an edge when hunting in the wild.
Our leaper friends can fend for themselves in the wild, and that’s all thanks to their impressive hunting skills. And because of their intimidating size, they prey on both small and large insects. While they particularly prefer small insects like flies, roaches, moths, mealworms, and more, they aren’t scared of taking on much bigger prey like grasshoppers.
Unfortunately, when raised in captivity, our spider friends are no longer able to fend for themselves; thus, you have to make sure you feed them accordingly. But we doubt that should be a problem as they don’t eat a lot. While they can survive at least a week without food, it’s best to ensure you feed them at least every 2 to 3 days.
And while at it, make sure you don’t feed them hard-shelled beetles, ants, or other large-sized prey that can harm them.
Sure, their large size makes them look daring and intimidating, but guess what? Hyllus Giganteus are one of the most friendly species of jumping spiders you’ll ever come across. This explains why exotic pet lovers are looking to keep our leaper friends as pets.
Though they can deliver painful bites, they only do so when they are handled roughly or feel threatened.
Is it dangerous or venomous to humans?
One thing we love about the Hyllus Giganteus is that their venom is harmless to humans. And even though they can bite, they rarely bite humans. And should you ever get bitten by our leaper friends, you’ll only experience mild pain, redness, and irritations that subsides after a couple of days. And just so you know, Hyllus Giganteus only bite when they are provoked or handled roughly.
Frequently asked questions
What is the lifespan of Hyllus Giganteus?
Generally, jumping spiders have a very short lifespan, so it’s not surprising to learn that the Hyllus Giganteus can survive for up to 6 months to one year. Also, the females live much longer than their male counterparts.
How often should I feed Hyllus Giganteus?
Hyllus Giganteus don’t eat very much, so it’s okay to feed them once every 2 to 3 days. On the flip side, if you have a juvenile Hyllu Giganteus, you have to ensure you feed it every 1 to 2 days.
Can Hyllus Giganteus spiders harm you?
Even though Hyllus Giganteus look scary, they are super friendly. And although they bite and have potent venom that can incapacitate their prey, their venom isn’t harmful to humans.