The Australian native tarantula is found in the warmer and more arid regions of Australia. The largest species may attain a body length of 60mm and a leg span of 160mm, with powerful fangs 10mm long.

Huntsman spiders are familiar to many Australians as the large, flat-bodied and extremely fast intruders, which, to some people’s horror, occasionally take up residence in kitchens and living rooms.

The Mexican fireleg resembles its better-known relative, the Mexican redknee tarantula in its dramatic orange and black coloration, though the adults of the species range from 5 to 6 inches in size.

An attractively marked spider conspicuous by the bright orange-red markings around the middle of each leg, hence its common name. The rest of the spider is predominantly dark brown in colour with...

The common name of the mouse spider is derived from the mistaken belief that this spider excavates a deep mouse-like burrow. Females are black overall and are larger than the males.

The redback spider is closely related to the black widow spider. The female redback spider is black with a distinctive red or orange marking on its back, although this may sometimes be absent.

The Sydney funnel web spider is considered the most venomous spider in the world. A large, bulky spider, with females reaching over 35mm in body length and males around 25mm.

The white-tailed spider has a long cigar-shaped, dark grey abdomen with a creamy-white speck on the tip. The legs usually have a brownish hue.

There are many different species of wolf spider, which are so named because they actively hunt and run down their prey. Most species are dark brown or grey in colour with black, grey, orange or brown markings.