DANGEROUS - venomous - painful bite
Although normally not aggressive, the male mouse spider will bite if provoked, and should be considered dangerous to humans.
This spider has been known to cause severe illness, especially to young children.
It has large hard fangs which can cause a painful bite with a deep gash.
Area of distribution - found across Australia, including Tasmania.
Size - this is a medium to large spider of up to 35 mm in body length.
The male mouse spider often has a bright red head and elongated fangs.
Habitat - Mouse spiders are ground dwellers with burrows of more than 1 metre deep.
Male mouse spiders often wander about during the day on open ground, especially after rain, in search of females.
The Mouse Spider is often mistaken for the Funnel-Web spider.
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