The cane spider is also known as the brown huntsman, banana spider and giant crab spider. This species reached the United States via Central America through banana shipments, which gave them the name banana spiders.
Cane spiders are typically three to five inches in width. If you’ve seen that YouTube video of a giant cane spider supposedly attacking a house is Hawaii, don’t worry — it’s a hoax!
They are typically light brown in color and have a flat body. A cream colored band is evident in a circling manner at the top of their backs, while black bands or spots sometimes visible on their legs.
Cane spiders can survive only in tropical climates and cannot survive in areas with cold temperatures.
They breed all year round such that after mating, the female spins a white egg sac around more or less 200 eggs. The female spider carries the egg sac under her body. The egg sac is turned open by the mother after three weeks to release pale baby spiders. The mother stays with the baby spiders for a number of weeks by which the babies will molt for several times. The life span of each cane spider is 2 years or a little more.
Cane spiders are reluctant biters, biting only if provoked. Their bites are small but painful. They do not produce enough venom to be dangerous to humans, but a headache may result. Some cultures welcome the cockroach-eating cane spiders into their homes.