Discover a range of native Aussie spiders, including Redbacks and Sydney Funnwel-webs in the Bugs Garden exhibit at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Darling Harbour.
Got the creepy crawlies? You're not alone! Arachnophobia, or a fear of spiders and other arachnids, is one of the most common phobias in the world. Unfortunately for these sufferers, spiders are abundant and wide spread around the world, and despite being small, their presence is often shown through their amazing webs.
Spiders build their webs in a range of shapes and sizes, and some spiders don't build webs at all! The webs they build are ideal for where they live and what prey they are trying to catch. The different types are funnel webs, orb webs, tangle webs and sheet webs, all built by different species of spider. Webs are usually built at night and then may be repaired two or three times during the day. When the web needs to be repaired, the spider will eat the silk and start again!
Arachnids are the second largest group of arthropods and they all have eight legs, two segments to their bodies, and eat flesh! The other members of this group are scorpions, mites and ticks. Of all the thousands of Australian arachnids, only three have bites that are potentially capable of causing death. These are the Funnel-web Spider, the Red Back Spider, and the Paralysis Tick.