Barking Spider identification -
what does it look like?
They are large and hairy spiders. They range in colours from
dark to light brown with some having leg markings. They are also
covered in long or short hairs.
What do the Barking Spiders eat?
What is its prey?
The larger Tarantulas can kill animals as large as:
Is the Barking Spider poisonous?
Tarantulas are fairly harmless to humans. Though there fangs are
large enough to break the skin of a human, their venom has been
compared to that of a wasp sting. Also, when threatened they may
rub their abdomen with their hind legs in order to release fine
hairs that are a sever irritant to the skin and mucus membranes.
How big is the Barking Spider?
They can reach up to a leg span of 20cm with very few making
22cm. The body normally measures between 6cm and 9cm. This makes
it the largest spider in Australia.
Where does the Barking Spider live
and what is its habitat?
The Barking Spider likes to live in a burrow as it is quite shy
and won't wonder far. Younger Barking Spiders will burrow under
rocks or roots, where adult burrows may reach a length of up to
2 meters and will be lined with silk.
What is the average life span of
the Barking Spider?
Females can live between 15 to 25 years where males will only
live for around 6 years.
Does the Barking Spider have good
Barking Spiders have very poor eyesight relying on its sense of
vibrations for capturing prey.
Classification of the Barking
Species of spiders are classified according to shared physical
characteristics. Spider taxonomy is the science of finding,
describing, classifying and naming organisms in a hierarchical
system. This method of classification helps when a description
of 40,000 spiders is required. The organization of living things
have seven major categories: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order,
Family, Genus and Species. The classification of the Barking
Spider is as follows:
Kingdom relates to the highest taxonomic group into which
organisms are grouped. It is one of five biological categories:
Monera, Protoctista, Plantae, Fungi or Animalia
Phyla are groups of classes. They are a series of animals or
plants genetically connected with shared characteristics. It is
the second biggest grouping in taxonomy. Arthropoda are
jointed-foot invertebrates: arachnids, crustaceans, insects etc
A Class is a taxonomic group containing one or more orders.
Arachnids consist of any of the eight-legged creatures,
including spiders and scorpions, of the class Arachnida
A taxonomic order within the class Arachnida (spiders)
The Subclass is another taxonomic category below a class and
above an order which helps in the classification process.
Another taxonomic category below an order and above a genus
which helps in the classification process.
Another taxonomic category below a family and above the level of
species which helps in the classification process.
Species: S. crassipes
Species is a taxonomic group whose members can interbreed.
Spider Exterminators - Pest
Generally speaking people do not like spiders, especially
Barking Spiders and most of all the do not want them in their
homes. There are many forms of pest control and ways to
exterminate spiders such as Barking Spiders. There are spider
exterminators, services, spider zappers, spider repeller, spider
catchers, and spider traps for the removal and extermination
process. Advice is available on subjects such as pest controls,
pest prevention, spider catchers, spider exterminators and how
to kill spiders like Barking Spiders. Some people would like to
eliminate spiders from their homes completely. This can be very
difficult as an open window on a summer’s day will allow spiders
in. Even opening your front door when entering and leaving will
allow pesky spiders in. It is very easy to get rid of Barking
Spiders by catching them yourself. It’s best not to kill spiders
as they are very important in controlling the level of other
insects that are pests.