Australian woman helps a huge hunter spider give birth to 200 babies and lets them live in her house – she even raises one of them as a pet (and she wants you to help her name it)
- Mother helped pregnant hunter Sophia give birth to 200 babies
- The spider lover took care of Sophia at her home in Hervey Bay, Queensland
- She has kept one of the babies to raise and wants help naming the little bub
A spider-like lover has helped a pregnant hunter named Sophia give birth to about 200 baby spiders and let them live in her house.
Sophia’s ‘human mother’ Lisa Van Kula Donovan, 48, last month took a video of the striped hunter with her bubs at her home in Hervey Bay, about three and a half hours north of Brisbane.
Ms. Donovan, a wannabe entomologist who works in the tourism industry, kept one of the babies to raise and has asked the readers of Daily Mail Australia to help her name.
A spider-like lover has helped a pregnant hunter named Sophia (pictured) give birth to about 200 baby spiders
‘I’ve only had her for a few months. I found her outside my house and she was pregnant, ”said Mrs. Donavan.
‘I brought her in to feed and water her. I suspected she was pregnant because of the size of the belly. And later she put a bag. ‘
The mother of three kept the family in her ‘bug room’ until the babies were ready to leave their mother.
The little hunters were released inside and outside her home, and Mrs. Donovan kept one in captivity to raise.
“Most of my friends know it’s normal to have spiders all over my house,” she said.
She’s considering a few names for the spider she’s saved and has asked Daily Mail readers to help choose between the gender-neutral options Charlie, Boop, and Tickles.
Mrs. Donovan has released Sophia outside with a hunter-friendly wooden pallet with a male so that she can continue to reproduce.
Lisa Donovan raised one of Sophia’s babies to raise and asked Daily Mail readers to help name it
Sophia’s ‘human mother’ Lisa Donovan (pictured) with another hunter in her Queensland home
Mrs. Donovan believes that spiders are ‘beautiful’ and ‘misunderstood’.
‘Spiders are honestly beautiful to me. I like the way they walk, their long legs. I also know how misunderstood they are and they are just not out to harm anyone, ”she said.
’99 percent of spiders can really hurt you, but it’s that 1 percent that gives them all a bad name. ‘
She urged people not to kill spiders, even if they fear them.
“For most spiders, it takes months of growth, moulting, finding food to eat, avoiding predators, reaching adulthood,” she said.
Then someone panics and just crushes it. [It makes] I’m sad. ‘
Ms. Donovan said she did not recommend most people to let the hunter sit on their face as she does because they could be bitten
Mrs. Donovan believes that spiders are ‘beautiful’ and ‘misunderstood’
Ms. Donovan said she would not recommend most people to let a hunter sit on their face the way she does.
“They are poisonous but not lethal to humans,” she said.
[But] unless you understand their behavior and understand how to read if they feel defensive you could get bitten and have big sore teeth. ‘
“I’ve never been bitten by anything I’ve kept or caught, I’ve only been bitten once by what I thought was a dead hunter and … when I picked it up to get off the wash, it bit me.”
HOW TO REPRODUCE HUNTSMAN SPIDERS?
Courtship between male and female hunter is more romantic than other spiders with the female spider rarely attacking the male
She will then produce a flat oval egg sac that is hidden, usually under bark or rock, or sometimes carried under the body as they move
The mother will then stand guard, will not eat for three weeks, and will usually be aggressive if provoked during this time
In some cases, the mother will moisten the egg sac and tear it open, revealing her little spiders, sometimes as many as 200
The mother will stay with her young for several weeks as they undergo several molts before hardening to a darker brown and spreading
Source: The Australian Museum