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Cane Spider

Actual Size: Can grow as large as 4” – 6” from ends of legs.

Characteristics: Huge; somewhat hairy; coloring ranges from reddish-brown to grayish-brown.

Legs: 8

Habitat: Prefers dark and dank areas like caves and burrows. They rest during the day and emerge at night for hunting.


  • Does not weave webs; relies on running and jumping ability to catch prey.
  • Females carry egg sacs with up to 400 eggs under their bodies until the eggs hatch.
  • Non-aggressive to humans; generally, will only bite when they feel threatened.

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Cane Spiders in Kailua Kona

Cane Spiders are the largest spider species found in Hawaii and they go by many alternate names including banana spider, giant crab spider, and brown huntsman. With their impressive size, startlingly fast speed, and impressive jumping ability, they can seem quite frightening – especially if you already have a healthy case of arachnophobia.

Cane Spider Habitat

Cane Spiders are native to tropical regions of the world. Believed to have been introduced from Central America or Polynesia, cane spiders nonetheless thrive in our island climate. During the day, you’ll most likely find them resting in crevices or other undisturbed and cool areas. Hence, why they’re sometimes called the “Kauaʻi Cave Spider.” At night, they emerge to do their hunting. They are excellent climbers and you will also often find them on trees and rock walls. Cane spiders will come indoors and make themselves at home; when they do, they will gladly assist you with natural pest control.

Cane Spider Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Cane spiders can seem scary, but they’re nothing to worry about. They’re uninterested in humans and would rather keep to themselves during the day and focus on hunting at night. 

Sometimes mistaken for tarantulas due to their size and the way they walk, cane spiders are skilled hunters. In fact, they are a member of the huntsman spider family. If one does make it into your home, you may find it climbing walls or under furniture. Think twice before you kill it because while cane spiders present a minimal threat to you, they are a major consumer of other household pests that can spread filth and disease.

If you are dealing with cane spiders in your Kailua Kona property, contact your local spider exterminators.