Huntsman SpiderHuntsman spiders are known by this name because of their speed and mode of hunting, they can also move sideways. They are not aggressive, but if provoked their bite can be painful but not poisonous. The male is usually 25 mm in size and the female 35 mm. They normally live under the bark of trees during the daytime and emerge at night. This spider often enters houses and are seen on walls. It is a useful spider as it feed on insects.
Orb-weaving SpiderOrb-weaving (web-weaving) spiders are all non-poisonous to humans and they are not aggressive. It is a very common species of spider with many variants in size, shape and colour across the Coastal regions of the Eastern states of Australia. They have very large abdomens when well-fed, and their colour ranges from off-white through tan, brown to almost black. The female is larger than the male, having a body length of 20 – 25 mm compared with 15 – 17 mm for the males. During the day the spider will often rest somewhere near their web, usually under a leaf or twig or in a crevice in bark or rock.
Redback SpidersThe female redback spider is extremely poisonous. It has a black velvety body with a red stripe on the upper surface of the abdomen. The female redback spider can be up to 12 mm in length and the male is very small, about 3 mm in length, and it is harmless. Redback spiders make loose, untidy webs among leaves, rubbish, under houses, in tins, tyres, stacked articles, and in outside toilets.
White-tailed SpiderWhite-tailed spiders are poisonous, and they are black with a white patch at the end of the abdomen. Their bites can cause pain and have been associated with blistering and necrosis (dead skin cells). The male is about 12 mm and the female can be up to 20mm in length. They are found under bark and logs in the bush. When it lives in houses, it searches for its prey in the early evening and shelters during the day in bathrooms, on the tops of walls, and in furniture.