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.
- 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.