Common Spiders in Australia

One of the deadliest spiders, the funnel web spider, is found in Sydney, Australia. Other common spiders in Australia include the golden orb weaver, redback spider, bird dropping spider, St. Andrew’s cross spider, jeweled spider, huntsman spider, the flower spider, jumping spider, trapdoor spider, black house spider, the eastern mouse spider and the white tailed spider.

Funnel web spider

funnel-web-spiderThe funnel web spider thrives in the area within a 160 kilometer radius of Sydney. The funnel web spider and all funnel web species are considered the most aggressive and venomous spider not only in Australia but in the world. Even with the small grazing bite from this animal requires you to go to the hospital immediately. This spider is also considered as one of the largest in Australia and can easily be identified. The female reaches to about 35 mm while the male is smaller. Both are aggressive and will strike when approached using their huge fangs which can penetrate even a fingernail of a child.

Golden orb weaver

golden-orbThe golden orb weaver can be found in the tropical north Queensland of Australia and it is aptly named because of its strong golden color web. It has a large and spectacular body with a yellow color. It is also known as “jeweled spider” and  can be found in all states of Australia and commonly thrives in the months of January and February.

Redback spider

red-back-spiderThe redback spider is one of the common spiders in Australia that can be found in all areas of Australia; however, you can not find it in the hottest deserts and on the coldest mountains. This spider is dangerous and Australians are aware that they are abundant during the summer. A female redback has a spherical satin black abdomen that is 1 cm in diameter and which also includes an orange red stripe. This spider specie has caused a lot of deaths and great illness before an anti-venom was discovered in 1956.

St. Andrew’s cross spider

st.-andrew's-cross-spiderThe St. Andrew’s cross spider can be seen in the eastern part of Australia and is known as a cross spider since the adult female can make an X-shaped orb web in the middle.

Flower or crab spiders

The flower or crab spiders are also Australia wide. They have white or yellow stout legs as well as a good eyesight.


There are many species of huntsman spider in Australia and many live in forests and woodlands.

Mouse spider

A mouse spider in Australia may either be a red-headed mouse spider or an Eastern mouse spider. Both are considered sluggish and not aggressive but they possess a highly toxic venom that is as dangerous as that of the Sydney funnel web spider.

Here is a partial list of spiders found in Australia.


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