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:
- These large spiders grow up to 3.5 cm long, with the females much larger than the males.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?