Spiders in Thailand

Thailand is a renowned tourist destination that draws millions of visitors each year. It is widely recognized for its immaculate beaches, hot, spicy street food, and enigmatic Buddhist temples. However, the nation is also home to a wide variety of strange and amazing animal life and it includes creepy crawlers like spiders. You probably won’t find any large species in populated areas such as the cities of Phuket, Bangkok, or Chiang Mai. However, encounters become far more possible if you travel to rural parts of Thailand.

Spiders in Thailand

Spiders in Thailand Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Thailand

Wolf SpiderHarvestmen SpiderAbandoned-web orb-weaver (Parawixia dehaani)
Cyrtarachne spider (Cyrtarachne inaequalis)Common Housefly Catcher (Plexippus petersi)Banded Phintellas
Two-striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiate)Black and White Spiny Spider (Gasteracantha kuhli)Long-horned Orb Weavers

Biggest Spiders in Thailand

Black TarantulaHuntsman SpidersGiant Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila pilipes)
Heavy-bodied Jumping Spiders (Hyllus semicupreus)Thai Black TarantulaCobalt Blue Tarantula (Cyriopagopus lividus)
Giant Crab Spiders (Olios giganteus)

Most Venomous Spiders

Cobweb 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 >

Female Brown Widow Spider Brown Widow (Latrodectus geometricus) - The Brown Widow Spider is a cool spider that belongs to the cobweb spiders family. Some people know more about its cousin, the Black Widow, but the Brown Widow has its own interesting story.… Continue Reading >

Sac Spiders


  • Thailand Black Tarantula – Haplopelma minax

Less Venomous Spiders

Orb Weavers

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 >

Joro Spider Size Jorō (Trichonephila clavata) - The Joro spider is a big, colorful spider that originally came from places like Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan. But guess what? Scientists found them in North America in 2015!… Continue Reading >

  • Red Weaver Ant-mimicking Spider – Myrmaplata plataleoides

Crab Spiders (Sparassidae)

  • Giant Crab Spiders – Olios giganteus

Huntsman Spiders

Giant Huntsman Spider Size Giant Huntsman (Heteropoda maxima) - The Giant Huntsman spider has a big claim to fame: it has the longest legs among all spiders! Found in the Laos region, this spider is also super speedy. It chases its prey really fast!… Continue Reading >

Jumping spiders

  • Pantropical Jumping Spiders – Plexippus paykulli
  • Ant-mimicking Spiders – Myrmarachne formicaria
  • Fighting Spider – Thiania bhamoensis
  • Adanson’s House Jumper – Hasarius adansoni

Long Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae)

  • Pear-shaped Opadometa – Opadometa fastigata


Thailand Zebra Leg Tarantula Thailand Zebra Leg Tarantula (Cyriopagopus albostriatus) - The Thailand zebra leg tarantula has unique stripes that inspired its name. This spider calls Southeast Asia its home. With 'albo' meaning white and 'striatus' indicating lines, its title perfectly captures its appearance.… Continue Reading >

Cobalt Blue Tarantula Male Cobalt Blue Tarantula (Cyriopagopus lividus) - Ever heard of the cobalt blue tarantula? This bright-colored spider is part of the Theraphosidae family. Some people even have them as pets! In nature, they stay safe in their dens and only come out when they're hungry.… Continue Reading >