Is This Spider Dangerous?
When in doubt, give the spider some space!
Many native spiders are harmless, and are great buddies to have around the garden, as they will eat up bugs, flies, mosquitoes, and in some cases - even other spiders! But there are definitely some spiders that you don't want to get too close too, such as Funnel-webs or Redback Spiders. So please be careful.
You can find out what spider you have at your place by viewing the Find-a-Spider guide.
This guide lets you search for your spider in a number of ways. For example:
- By its common name, if you know it.
- By the location you saw it in, e.g. inside your house, under bark, on a flower and so on.
- By the species, if you think you know it.
- By the family, if you know it.
- By the web, burrow or egg sac shape.
- Or by viewing images of spiders.
You can also take a photo of the spider and send it in to your nearest natural history museum, such as the Australian Museum, where a scientist may be able to identify it for you.