Types of spiders in South Africa

  • Black House spider
  • Daddy Long Legs spider
  • Funnel Web spider
  • Garden Orb-Weaving spider
  • Harvestman spider
  • Huntsman spider
  • Trap Door spider
  • Wolf spider
  • Yellow Sac spider
  • Button spider
  • Violin spider

Diseases carried

Diseases transmitted by spiders include: spider bites, arthropod bites and stings, loxoscelism, arachnophobia, latrodectism and spider angioma.

Did you know?

  • There are around 40000 different species of spiders.
  • Most tarantula species pose no threat to humans.
  • The biggest spider species have been known to kill mice, lizards and birds.
  • Spiders can produce seven different kinds of silk.
  • Spiders’ silk is so strong that it has been compared to steel.
  • Baby spiders look like adult spiders.
  • A spider’s egg can contain 1500 baby spiders.
  • Spiders drink their prey.
  • The average lifespan of a spider is 2 to 3 years.