7 Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Funnel Web Spider

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If you’re Australian, chances are you’ve heard of the funnel web spider before. It is one of the most notorious spiders in the country, and is found in eastern Australia. There are at least 40 different species of this spider currently being placed in two genera Hadronyche and Atrax.


Not all species are dangerous, however those that are have become severely renowned for their highly toxic and fast acting venom. With all this talk about funnel web spiders, we thought it’d be fun to bring you some facts about these creepy crawlies that you probably didn’t know.


  1. Funnel web spiders smell through their feet
  2. Female funnel web spiders are not seen very often, as they spend most of their life in burrows underground. Only coming up to snatch passing prey.
  3. Funnel web spiders have their lungs on the outside of their bodies and it looks like a closed book.
  4. If fallen in water, these spiders can survive for up to three days due to a pocket of air they have near their bottoms.
  5. Males roam in search of females, when a female nest is found the male will tap the web, emulating prey. When the female lunges expecting prey, the male mates with her quickly before he is eaten.
  6. They are found within a 120km radius of Sydney
  7. Their poison is only dangerous to primates, meaning your pets are safe from harm.