Wolf Spider

2019-05-24T17:56:07+00:00

Description Wolf spiders are members of the family Lycosidae, from the Ancient Greek word "λύκος" meaning "wolf". They are robust and agile hunters with excellent eyesight. They live mostly solitary and hunt alone. Some are opportunistic hunters pouncing upon prey as they find it or even chasing it over short distances. Some will wait for [...]

Common Garden Orb Weave spiders

2015-09-17T04:44:00+00:00

Description As the name suggests, common garden orb weave spiders are a typical sight around Australia. Their bites have only minor effects, such as some local pain, but they are aggressive: they're the most common spider species to bite. They measure between 1.5cm and 3cm and live in all the gardens, generally weaving webs between [...]

White-tailed spiders

2015-09-17T04:40:55+00:00

Description Lampona cylindrata is found in natural and urban areas across southern Australia, from south Queensland to Tasmania and from east to west coast, and Lampona murina in eastern Australia. Unlike burrowing spiders, white-tailed spiders are vagrant hunters and wander about at night, hunting other spiders. Though white-tailed spiders have a reputation for releasing necrotising [...]

Australian Tarantulas

2015-09-17T04:38:07+00:00

Description Australia has its own native tarantulas, though they're also known as whistling or barking spiders because of the sounds some species can produce by rubbing their front limbs against their jaws. They are also called bird-eating spiders, although it is rarely justifiable. These spiders mostly feed on insects, including other spiders, lizards and frogs [...]

Mouse Spider

2015-09-17T04:24:55+00:00

Description There are eight species of mouse spider found all across Australia and they're typically found in burrows, often near rivers or waterways, and can occasionally be found in suburban areas. Their venom is similar to the funnel-web spiders, although no deaths have been attributed to them; only one case of severe envenomation has been [...]

Redback Spiders

2019-05-24T17:56:07+00:00

Description Redback spiders are found throughout Australia, in many habitats, including urban areas. They often hide in dry, sheltered places such as garden sheds, mailboxes and under toilet seats. Numbers of redback spider bites are uncertain, but about 2000 are reported each year and about 250 people receive antivenom. No deaths have been recorded since [...]

Mouse Spider

2015-09-17T04:15:29+00:00

Description There are eight species of mouse spider found all across Australia and they're typically found in burrows, often near rivers or waterways, and can occasionally be found in suburban areas. Their venom is similar to the funnel-web spiders, although no deaths have been attributed to them; only one case of severe envenomation has been [...]