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Mouse Spider


Mouse Spider - Missulena spp.

Size:
Female 20 - 35 mm
Male 12 - 18 mm
Habitat:
Usually found on the banks of waterstreams and creeks buit are also found in suburban landscapes. Females dwell in ground tunnels sometime up to 30 centimetres deep. The entrance to these tunnels is covered by small oval shaped doors (single and double) made from silk and fine vegetative debris. Some of the male species have a distinguished bright red couloured head
Risk to Humans and Pets:
Not usually aggressive. Venom is considered toxic, causing pain. The penetration of the spiders large fangs causes instant pain.