The Melbourne Trapdoor is a large robust spider with a brown cephalothorax and legs. The abdomen is often paler with a dark mottled pattern on upper surface. Males sometimes have golden hairs on the cephalothorax. Males are smaller than females and have longer legs. Both males and females dig silk-lined burrows in soft soil up to 40cm deep. There are usually trip lines of silk strands radiating from around the entrance of the burrow. The burrow doesn't actually have a trap door, though, despite the name. These spiders are often confused with Sydney funnel-web spiders.
Body Length: Male 25mm, Female: 35mm
common ground-dwelling spider that is often encountered by gardeners digging soil or moving rocks.
They feed at night waiting at the burrow entrance to ambush passing insects.
Mature males leave the burrow and go looking for females in late autumn and winter. Wandering males may wander into houses or fall into swimming pools. Trap-door spiders can live from 5 to 20 years.
The Melbourne Trapdoor Spider has large fangs and can inflict a deep and painful wound, but the venom is not dangerous.
|Common Name:||Melbourne Trapdoor Spider|