Spiders in Croatia

Croatia is a compact U-shaped country located at the intersection of central and southeastern parts of Europe. It is situated directly over the Adriatic Sea from Italy. When it comes to wildlife, well, it has vast to offer too. In this particular article, we will discuss spiders. In Croatia, there are many spiders, including known dangerous species such as the black widow spider. While Croatia is still a relatively safe place to visit, and you are unlikely to encounter any deadly spiders during your visit, it is useful to be aware of what types of spiders could you possibly encounter. It is crucial to note that allergic reactions to spider bites can be lethal, even if the spider is not venomous. Hence, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Spiders in Croatia

Spiders in Croatia Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Croatia

Common Eastern Ray SpiderCave SpidersCross Orbweavers/ European Garden Spider
Cross SpiderOrangie or Pumpkin Spider (Araneus diadematus)Pink Crab Spider (Thomisus onustus)
Wasp SpidersTropical tent web spider (Cyrtophora citricola)Lobed Argiope (Argiope lobata)
Triangulate Combfoot (Steatoda triangulosa)

Biggest Spiders in Croatia

Spotted Wolf Spider (Pardosa amentata)Radiated Wolf Spider (Hogna radiata)Mediterranean Spiny False Wolf Spider (Zoropsis spinimana)

Most Venomous Spiders

Sac Spiders

Yellow Sac Spider Size Black-Footed Yellow Sac (Cheiracanthium inclusum) - Meet the yellow sac spider! It's a spider that originally came from the Americas. Over time, it's been a part of different spider families, and now it's in the Eutichuridae family.… Continue Reading >

Cobweb Spiders/Tangle Web Spiders (Theridiidae)

Widow Spider Widow (Latrodectus) - Meet the Latrodectus spiders, often known as true widows! They're part of the cobweb spider family. By July 2017, there were 31 types of them, living everywhere except Antarctica.… Continue Reading >

Less Venomous Spiders

Crab Spiders – Thomisidae

Female Goldenrod Crab Spider Goldenrod Crab (Misumena vatia) - Goldenrod Crab Spiders are super cool! They can change colors and hang out on flowers, waiting for their food. Instead of making big webs, they use silk for catching food or keeping their eggs safe.… Continue Reading >

  • Napoleon Spiders – Synema globosum
  • Pink Crab Spider – Thomisus onustus

Jumping Spiders

Zebra Spider Size Zebra (Salticus scenicus) - Discover the fascinating world of the Zebra Spider, a creature from the northern hemisphere with stripes like a zebra. These lively spiders don't spin webs to catch their dinner.… Continue Reading >

  • Fencepost Jumping Spider – Marpissa muscosa
  • Half-edged Wall Jumping Spider – Menemerus semilimbatus

Orb Weaver

  • Walnut Orbweaver – Nuctenea umbratical
  • Nursery Web Spiders (Pisauridae)
  • European Nursery Web Spiders – Pisaura mirabilis (poisonous/venomous)