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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.

 

ALTERNATIVE NAMES

  • Lycosa sp

APPEARANCE

  • 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

 

LIFECYLE

  • 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 sac 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

HABITAT

  • Usually be found on tree trunks, under stones, under bark, on the windows and walls inside your home.
  • Huntsman spiders are known to also enter cars & run across the dashboards
  • Some species can live between hairline cracks sandstone and granite outcrops
  • The huntsman spider feeds on a variety of insects, small lizards and frogs
  • The huntsman does not capture their prey in a web but instead stalks and run down
  • Huntsman spiders are poisonous to humans but not fatal

BITES

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

 

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