General Description

Spider small and cylindrical with very long, thin legs. Pale brown to cream colour with darker markings on the legs and cephalothorax. Body up to 1 cm long.


Daddy Long-legs are the subject of an urban myth: contrary to belief, their venom is not the most deadly in the world (they are known to prey on the highly-venomous Redback Spider, but they are harmless to humans). They feed on small invertebrates, including other spiders. The females wrap their eggs with silk, making a circular bundle that they carry in their mouth until the eggs hatch.


Mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Indoors, and outdoors in sheltered places like sheds and underneath balconies.

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