Spiders of Australia

Australia is home to world’s most dangerous spiders. Australia boasts over 2000 species of Arachnid’s. These eight-legged beings range from harmless creatures to venomous creatures that should be avoided, such as the Sydney Funnel Web, Mouse and Redback Spiders. These spiders cause painful bites that last for days. With the advancement in treating spider bites fatalities are rare. Nearly 4,000 Australians are bitten each year with 200 requiring treatment.

Spiders don’t just bite humans they eat insects and other spiders. They are essential in maintaining a reasonable insect population. Spiders can be used to control garden pest, as they kill more than they eat. They have outstanding prey catching techniques, from the ambushing spider to the web-snaring spider. Australian spiders are unique in size from the itsy bitsy spider to the large spider that frightened miss muffet away. The following resources provide facts, images, and treatment information for spiders native in Australia.

Spiders of Australia

Australian spiders are distinctive in size, mating habits, color, and in aggressiveness. These resources provide information on the most common spiders in Australia.

St. Andrews Cross Spider- The Australian Museum provides physical, behavior, and classification of the St. Andrews Cross spider.

Orb Weaving Spiders- Fact sheet on several species of the Orb-Weaving Spider.

Leaf Curling Spider- Facts on the spiders that weave leafs in the middle of their webs.

Mouse Spiders- A fact sheet on the physical traits and history of the Mouse Spider.

The Pholcidae Family- Article on two members of this species of spider; the Daddy long legs and the Cellar Spider.

Redback Spider – The Australian Fauna provides information on all unique animals of Australia including the venomous Redback Spider.

Flower Spider- All about the physical, reproductive, and behavioral characteristics of the flower spider.

Funnel Web Spider- Describes the region the spiders are common in and how deadly the spider is in Australia.

Swift Ground Spider- Basic facts on this spider of the Suppunna picta species.

Wolf Spiders- In depth information regarding the Wolf Spider habitat, diet, and bite.

Trapdoor Spider- The basics about the venomous spider and treatment for bites caused by the Trapdoor Spider.

Grey House Spider- Information on the history, size, and dispersion of the spider.

Triangular Spiders- Article explains the species size, environment, and impact on Australia.

Tent Spiders- Describe many species of the Tent spider, including the Red Tent Spider that is native to Australia.

Cyrotphora Moluccensis- A guide on the Dome Web Spider of southern Queensland.

Northern Tree Funnel Web Spider- Resource guide with detailed information on the spider’s habits, environment, and medical treatment for the spider’s bite.

Huntsman Spider-A fact sheet on physical traits, environment, and breeding of the Huntsman Spider.

Araneidae-This information on the family Araneidae is geared towards the interest of kids.

Bird Eating Spider- The Australian Reptile Park provides insightful interesting facts on the aggressive spider.

How to Identify Spiders

Identifying spiders can be essential in determining the severity of a spider bite. Spiders may be identified by physical characteristics, such as color, shape, location found, and web.

Spider Identification – A detailed photographs and descriptions of identifying spiders and medical treatment for specific spider bites.

Identification and Protection- Identification of spiders by region with control measures and treatment for venomous spider bites.

Victorian Spiders- A gallery for identifying spiders by location, physical description, and type of web.

Spider Bite Emergency Line

With the medical treatment advancement for spider bites it is necessary to be able to identify the spider to receive proper treatment for a successful recovery. Treatment can consist of anti venom, antibiotics, pain reliever and ice. Australia’s three deadliest spiders must be treated immediately even though death rare; the venom can cause severe illness.

Brown Recluse- Information for kids on avoiding the spider and treatment to expect if bitten by the Brown Recluse.

Spiny Spider- Cornell University explores the physical attributes of the deadly spider.

Spider Bites- A thorough guide for all types of spider bites and explains what to look for to access if the bite is poisonous.

Management of Spider Bites- The Australian Prescriber investigates the methods of treatment for the deadliest Australian spider bites.

The Funnel Web- Signs, symptoms, and treatment fora Funnel Web Spider bite.

Additional Resources

The following provides more detailed information on Australian spiders and research on the biology of spiders.

Dangerous Spiders- Brief information on six of Australians deadliest spiders.

Myths- Interesting fun answers to popular spider myths.

Assassin Spiders- Research on the environment, genetics, and behavior of poisonous spiders.

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