Spiders in Victoria

Like the rest of the country, Victoria is home to a vast number of species of spiders. This includes some deadly species like the redback spider, which has earned the nickname of the “Australian Black Widow”. Most species are shy, however, and avoid human contact if possible.

After the rainy season in Victoria, sheets of webs created by spiders are often observed all over trees and fields. This plague results from them having to take to higher ground after flooding, using their webs to hook themselves to tall vegetation and ballooning away with the help of the wind.

Spiders in Victoria

Spiders in Victoria Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Victoria

Black House SpiderGarden Wolf SpiderLong Bodied Cellar Spider

Biggest Spiders in Victoria

Flat Huntsman SpiderLichen Huntsman Spider

Most Dangerous Spiders in Victoria

Redback SpiderWhite-tailed SpiderBlack House Spider

Most Venomous Spiders

Comb-Footed Spiders

Male Redback Spider Redback Spider (Latrodectus hasseltii) - The Redback spider, often called the Australian black widow, comes from places in Australia. Nowadays, you can find it all over Australia and even in New Zealand.… Continue Reading >

Huntsman Spiders

Avondale Spider Image Avondale (Delena cancerides) - The Avondale spider comes from the huntsman spider family. It got its name from a place called Avondale in Auckland. Some people also call it the social huntsman or flat huntsman spider.… Continue Reading >

  • Lichen Huntsman Spider (Pandercetes gracilis)

House Spiders

Black House Spider Size Black House (Badumna insignis) - The Black House Spider, sometimes called the common black spider, calls Australia home. But, you can also spot them in Japan and New Zealand. They have a dark, strong look but are quite shy.… Continue Reading >

Wolf Spiders

  • Garden Wolf Spider (Tasmanicosa godeffroyi)
  • Little Striped Wolf Spider (Venatrix furcillata)

White‐Tailed Spiders

White Tail Spider White-tailed (Lampona cylindrata & Lampona murina) - Discover the intriguing world of the white-tailed spider, known scientifically as Lampona murina and Lampona cylindrata. Both these spiders hail from the Lampona genus, which means ‘to shine’.… Continue Reading >

Orb-weaver Spiders

Australian Garden Orb Weaver Image Australian Garden Orb Weaver (Eriophora transmarina) - The Australian Garden Orb Weaver is a kind of spider with a chubby belly. It's part of a big family called Araneidae, which has lots of different spiders around the world.… Continue Reading >

Giant Wood Spider Web Giant Wood Spider (Nephila pilipes) - Meet the Nephila Pilipes! This golden orb-weaver spider calls many places home, from Asian countries like China and India to faraway Australia. It's one of the biggest orb-weaving spiders out there.… Continue Reading >

Australian Funnel-web Spiders

  • Victorian Funnel-web Spider (Hadronyche modesta)

Mouse Spiders

  • Red-headed Mouse Spider (Missulena occatoria)
  • Eastern Mouse Spider (Missulena bradleyi)

Less Venomous Spiders

Cellar Spiders

Long Bodied Cellar Spider Long Bodied Cellar (Pholcus phalangioides) - The long-bodied cellar spiders are quite interesting! Often seen in America's dark and damp spots, they have really long legs. This is why some folks call them daddy-long-legs.… Continue Reading >

House Spiders

Grey House Spider Size Grey House (Badumna longinqua) - The Grey house spider is a fascinating creature from the Desidae family, originally from eastern Australia. But guess what? These spiders have traveled far and wide!… Continue Reading >

Wishbone Spiders

  • Melbourne Trapdoor Spider (Stanwellia grisea)

Orb-weaver Spiders

St. Andrews Cross Spider Image St. Andrews Cross (Argiope keyserlingi) - Did you know there's a spider named after a cross pattern? It's called the St. Andrews Cross spider. This spider lives in Australia and makes a web that looks like a special cross.… Continue Reading >

Jumping Spiders

Jumping Green Spider Green Jumping (Mopsus mormon) - The Green Jumping Spider is a bright green, lively little creature found in areas of eastern Australia and New Guinea. This member of the Salticidae family is known for its vibrant color and quick movements.… Continue Reading >

Red and Black Spiders

  • Red and Black Spider (Nicodamus peregrinus)

Woodlouse Hunter Spiders

Woodlouse Spider Size Woodlouse (Dysdera crocata) - Guess what? There's a spider called the woodlouse spider because it loves eating woodlice! It comes from places near the Mediterranean Sea.… Continue Reading >