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  Golden Trapdoor Spider (Arbanitis sp)





Golden Trapdoor Spider | Arbanitis sp photo
Golden Trapdoor Spider.

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Golden Trapdoor Spider | Arbanitis sp photo
Close up of Golden Trapdoor Spider.

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Golden Trapdoor Spider | Arbanitis sp photo
Golden Trapdoor Spider. The golden colour in the legs is quite noticeable. These spiders are quite "furry".

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Golden Trapdoor Spider | Arbanitis sp photo
Golden Trapdoor Spider in mulch.

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SPIDER FACTS

Description
The Golden Trapdoor Spider is a large sturdy spider. Has two rows of tiny eyes. Detects prey by vibrations near entrance to their burrow. Males rear up when provoked and can bite. The bite is painful, but not dangerous to humans.
Not all trapdoor spiders species make a door for their burrows. ... not sure about this species - if you know, send us an email?

Size
female 30 mm, male 22 mm

Habitat
Lives in a burrow in the ground.

Food
Insects including crickets, moths, beetles and grasshoppers it finds near the entrance to the burrow.

Breeding
Male Trapdoor Spiders wander during humid weather in search of a mate. Mating takes place within the female's burrow. The male may mate with several females. Trapdoors have a long life span, between 5 to 20 years.

Notes
Trapdoor Spiders are often mistaken for Funnel-web spiders but their bites are not dangerous. Local pain and swelling may occur.



Classification
Class:Arachnida
Order:Mygalomorphae
Family:Idiopidae
Genus:Arbanitis
Species:sp
Common Name:Golden Trapdoor Spider