18 Reasons The Huntsman Spider Is Your New Best Friend

They’re so misunderstood.

1. This is a huntsman spider.

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2. Isn’t she cute?

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3. It’s so fluffy!

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4. Did you know huntsman spiders just want to be your friends?

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5. They don’t hurt humans.

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6. It’s incredibly rare for a huntsman to bite a human - they generally only do if you’re really bugging them, and even then the bite is mild and pretty much harmless.

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7. Mostly they just want to hang out.

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8. They move in to homes and cars and sit there quietly, just enjoying your company.

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9. They don’t even build webs, so they keep their area very clean.

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10. They even get rid of nasty cockroaches and other bugs for you.

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11. Of course they can be a little shy, so it’s best not to hassle them too much.

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12. If you do, there’s a good chance they’ll run away. They scare pretty easily, poor things.

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13. Of course, they have more reason to fear you than you have to fear them.

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14. You can kill them. You might even want to kill them. But what did they ever do to you?

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16. You can always evict them using a container and gently placing them outside.

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17. Or you could just let them stay.

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18. BFFLs!

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Jenna Guillaume is a senior editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney.
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