White Tail Spider
The White-tailed Spider can be found all over Australia and its bites cause severe skin ulceration in humans Click here to view. White-tailed spiders hunt their prey instead of waiting to catch it in a web. Their preferred diet is other spiders.
- Medium sized spider
- Male body length is 12mm
- Female body length is 20mm
- Long cigar-shaped dark grey abdomen
- The abdomen is grey and has two pairs of faint white spots
- A distinct white or cream spot can be seen at the tip of the abdomen just above the spinnerets.
- The legs are brown or reddish brown in colour.
- They are slow moving spiders
- They travel great distances looking for prey
- most active at night.
- Cool dark areas
- They often come into houses
- They are sometimes found in the folds of clothes, towels and shoes.
- They live beneath bark and rocks
- In leaf litter
- Detritus in bush
- The female lays about 80-100 pink eggs
- The eggs are secured in a flattened silk egg sac
- She guards the egg sac until the spiderlings emerge
- When the spiderlings hatch they are left to leave to find their first meal
- White-tailed Spider bites can cause initial burning pain
- Blistering or local ulceration have been reported
- Nausea, vomiting, or headache may occur