Sac Spider

Sac spiders can be found throughout Australia mostly in forest and grassland habitats and have been given the name sac spider because of the kind of silken sac in which they lay their eggs.

ALTERNATIVE NAMES

  • Cheiracanthium gilvum

APPEARANCE

  • Yellow to fawn in colour
  • May have dark markings on the body
  • Cephalothorax and legs pale brown
  • Small, stout-bodied spiders
  • Long slender legs
  • Male has enlarged jaws
  • Slow movers
  • 5-10mm in length

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LIFECYLE

  • Does not build a web
  • hunters on foliage in bush and garden
  • make sacs in folded leaves or grass blade
  • May enter houses
  • If inside they may build sacs on ceiling corners
  • Most common under bark and leaf litter
  • cylindrical or ovoid silk retreat sack

BITES

  • May cause:

    • Redness
    • Itchiness
    • Burning sensation
    • Dizziness
    • Tiredness
    • Sweating
    • Strong persistent unilateral pain
    • Swelling
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Rapid pulse
    • Ulceration
    • Coma

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