Huntsman spiders are most active at night and unlike the spider in your imagination, they do not use a web to catch insects. Instead, they chase prey and kill with a combination of venom and strong chelicerae, which are their mouthparts. Their prey includes insects, other spiders, and small invertebrates. The larger species also hunt mice or small birds, and the Huntsman is one of the few spider species able to kill and eat cockroaches. Some species dig burrows, with or without trapdoors, to ambush prey.
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