Australian Tarantulas

Phlogiellus spp.

If crassipes is Australia’s best known tarantula then this species is probably the least known. She is an extremely rare individual. One of the unique characteristics of this spider is that she looks like a moisture adapted species but in fact comes from an extremely harsh and dry location. An interesting point to note is the knee joint on one of her back legs. You will notice a discoloration. This is due to imperfect shedding of the exoskeleton. She is around 16 cms in size but will probably grow a lot bigger.

Selenotypus spp.


Another undescribed species – this time from the Selenotypus genus. She is a beautiful spider. This one is a sub adult probably around 7 to 8 cms and full grown she will attain around 15 cms. Although not so noticeable in this photo, because she is just about to moult, she normally is adorned with a dense covering of brown hair. She is only found in discrete pockets of mountainous granite country. In the 5 years that she has been with us, she has demonstrated a very placid nature and the species makes an ideal pet. This particular specimen will always remain with us as she has been missing a leg since we first located her.

Selenocosmia spp.

This species of Selenocosmia is not known for her size but she is a great looker. She occurs in Savannah and river gullies in a very restricted area in tropical north western Queensland. She lives in densely populated colonies of her species and there can be many burrows within a two metre radius.With our breeding specimens we have noticed that they build very intricate burrows. In her native environment the ground is like concrete making tunneling very difficult but she is exceptionally good at it.

Selenotypus spp

is probably the biggest and the best of all Australian tarantulas. A full grown specimen measures up to 16 cms. Her large fangs, up to 1 cm long, allow her to eat almost anything that walks by the entrance to her burrows. Her fangs are as big as some snakes! Plumipes are found in desert-like country in tropical Australia. She is probably Australia’s most popular species of pet tarantula – whether you are a novice or an experienced keeper. Most people develop a strong emotional bond with their Plumipes.
Phlogiellus spp.

Phlogiellus spp.

As far as we are aware, the specimen shown here is an undescribed species of Phlogiellus. She is the biggest spider in Australia, growing to 17+cms. She lives in open grasslands in tropical Australia and is of placid temperament. Her rich dark colour makes a striking contrast to the dense web woven around the entrance to the burrow.

Selenotypus spp.

This is definitely an undescribed species of Selenotypus. She comes from mountainous granite country in north Queensland. There is a lot of observation still to be done on this species – including naming it for example! Our biggest specimen to date has grown to 15 cms but not enough is known about her yet to determine what her maximum size could be. This photo doesn’t show her at her best. She has a sleek black abdomen and delicate lightly coloured hairs over a brown body.


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  • Hi
    I have just written a fun little digital book with South African illustrator, Jonas Sahlstrom about a pet Tarantula for UTales.com :

    I would love to know some authoritative information about caring for Tarantulas as pets to put on my website. I am more than happy to give this website full credit for any information you can supply. Can children and adults buy Australian Tarantulas and have them as pets?

    My grandmother, Bertha Stephens, who used to live in Vaucluse in Sydney, had a pet Taratula she kept in her kitchen. She would go out to the back garden each day and bring him in some bug or other as a treat. She inspired me to respect all living creatures and appreciate their unique role in the natural order. If you don’t have a name for Selenotypus, is there any chance she could be named after Bertha? It would be a good earthy name for a large spider! 🙂

    Thank you kindly for your enthusiasm and care of these wonderful creatures!
    Best wishes

    • Hello,
      I am so sorry for our late reply. any questions you have about tarantulas we will be happy to answer if you are still in need of some info.

      Taylor Skinner

  • Hi, I am wondering how much it would cost to get a Phlogiellus spp. and have it transferred to nsw? Thanks.

  • Hello I was wondering if you sell any spiders or scorpians at the zoo.Thanks

  • hello,
    my name is Reef
    i was just wondering if you know anywhere close (around) Cairns where i can buy some tarantulas any species?

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