Of the 10,000 species of spiders believed to be in Australia only about 3600 are named. Spiders were among the first animals to live on land, an estimated 400 million years ago. While there have been no recorded deaths in Australia since 1981, it is important to understand there are some spiders that can cause harm.
Scorpions, mites, and ticks are also part of the arachnid family. Arachnids are creatures with two body segments, eight legs, no wings or antennae, and are not able to chew.
Below are some of the species of spiders found in Australia,