Most Common: The Huntsman
Despite is scary name, this spider is completely harmless. I likes to live inside houses and eats small insects. It’s the spider you will see most often around Australia. It can grow quite bit and hairy so it looks very scary, but you can pick it up and it will not bite (but we don’t suggest you pick any spider up).
Its very likely you will see a Huntsman in Australia – they sometimes stay still on a wall for days at a time… Its best just to leave them alone as they get rid of annoying insects and mosquitos… But if you do want to remove it, here is the best way
1. Get a cup or jar and place it over the spider
2. Slide a piece of paper under the jar and spiders lets and tilt the jar
3. Walk the spider outside, and let him free in a garden
A strange one – Daddy Long Legs
The daddy long legs is very common across Australia. It has a tiny body and really long lets so it looks very strange. Surprisingly, this spider is venomous (has a poisonous bite) – but its mouth is fangs are so small and fragile is cannot bite a human… They are nothing to be worried about. They are so fragile and tiny and only eat very small bugs.
In the garden – Golden orb and St Johns Cross Spiders
Golden orb spiders have a big back end (called an abdomen) and an orange body. St Johns Cross spiders weave amazing cross shaped webs and wait in trees to catch flys, bees and other bugs. When it rains or there is dew in the air – the water on the webs forms beautiful patterns. I have had plenty of times where I walk into their webs and get covered in spider web but again – these guys are harmless… they do not bite people and just go about their own business finding food in the garden.
This small black spider with some red on its back can give a nasty bite… they will bite if they feel threatened, so you need to be careful when lifting up rocks, wood etc.. You don’t find these guys in big cities. They are easily avoided by wearing gloves when working
The white tail
This one again likes to live in wood piles, under houses and can give a nasty bite. Gloves again will protect you if you are working or gardening in regional areas.
And lastly – lets talk about the funnel web spider. This little guy lives in and around the Sydney region and parts of NSW. Although it builds a tunnel in the ground to catch his prey, he can sometimes be found inside. It is poisonous, and looks scary – like a small tarantula… But again, if left undisturbed – there will be no problems. On the rare occasion you find your inside, you should be cautious and not get close.
Spiders have an important role to play in the ecosystem. They feed off insects (and the bigger ones of small animals) and keep nature balances. We fear what we don’t understand and the guys looks scary and unpredictable. But the reality is they just wat a quiet place to catch bugs and build a web… If you see one in the wild – leave it alone and you will be fine. If you see one at home – don’t kill it – relocate it to a location away from you so you can both be happy
As a comforter: All hospitals in Australia have anti-venom in case you are bitten but a venomous spider – but this is really uncommon.
If you want to come to Australia and experience our amazing wildlife and natural wonders – contact Go Study for details on how we can help you. You can ask any of our staff about their experience with spiders or any concerns you may have.
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