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Wolf Spider




Wolf Spiders can be found throughout Australia. They are agile hunters that live on the ground in leaf litter or burrows. They are often found in lawns and gardens.


Scientific Name

Lycosa sp



Family: Lycosidae

Superfamily: Lycosoidea

Order: Araneae

Class: Arachnida

Phylum: Arthropoda

Kingdom: Animalia


  • 25 mm in body length
  • Body colours are typically dark grey or brown, with bars of tan, yellow or black.
  • May have a radiating lined pattern on the thorax
  • Underside is lighter coloured
  • The sides of their jaws have a small raised orange spot
  • Have eight eyes in three rows
  • They have four smaller eyes in front and four largest arranged in a square on top of the head


  • Can be found in dry inland shrub lands and woodlands
  • Can also be found in wet coastal forests and alpine meadows
  • Lawns and gardens
  • Sometimes crawl into homes.


  • Mating takes place outside the female’s burrow at night
  • Ball-shaped egg sacs of white papery silk are formed to protect her eggs
  • She carries the egg sca around attached with strong silk to her spinnerets
  • The mother carries the babies around on her back
  • Wolf spiders live for up to two years.


  • Capable of defensive bites
  • Bite is usually harmless with some local pain or itchiness.
  • A person may also experience swelling, prolonged pain, dizziness, rapid pulse and nausea.