5 Interesting Facts About Sydney Funnel-Web Spiders

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Here is a Sydney funnel-web spider, make sure that you keep your distance if you see one

Today is Halloween, so today I want to write about a really scary animal, the Sydney funnel-web spider.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These large spiders grow up to 3.5 cm long, with the females much larger than the males.
  2. Sydney funnel-web spiders live in small burrows in the ground.  They line their burrows with silk.  They also have threads outside their burrow which move when their prey goes past.
  3. They mainly feed on insects, but can also eat small lizards and frogs.  They have very powerful fangs and their venom is strong enough to kill a human.
  4. At breeding time, the males take a risk to breed with the females as they may be eaten by the much larger female.  They produce an egg-sack with over 100 eggs.
  5. Sydney funnel-web spiders are found in forests and urban areas throughout New South Wales.  They can be found in backyards, which makes them very dangerous.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Sydney funnel-web spiders?

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One thought on “5 Interesting Facts About Sydney Funnel-Web Spiders

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