In Australia, spiders are a fact of life. However, despite coming into contact with them nearly every day, many of us know very little about them. Often the most basic facts about these animals are mixed up in myths and urban legends which generate fear and confusion.
So, what really are spiders?
- Invertebrates (animals without a backbone)
- Animals with an exoskeleton (a skeleton on the outside of their body)
- Predators (animals that capture other animals to eat)
- Venomous (not poisonous), though usually this venom has negligible effects on humans