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Here's some photos of  Mouse Spiders sent in  by viewers. Many thanks for allowing us to use the photos sent in. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section:
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The Mouse Spider is a member of the Trapdoor family. Trapdoor spiders include the Funnel-web, Mouse, Whistling, and Curtain-web spiders; they are distinguished by the stocky body, long leg-like palps, and two knee-like lobes to which the fangs join (chelicerae) in front. Most live in burrows with or without trapdoors in the ground, but some live in trees. Trapdoor spiders have powerful chelicerae and four pale patches (the book-lungs) under the abdomen. The correct identification of Trapdoor spiders is often quite complicated.  

There are two types of Mouse Spider in Australia- the Red Headed Mouse Spider and the Eastern Mouse Spider. The Latin name is Missulena Occatoria. At full size, the Mouse Spider are about the size of a 50c piece or 1 to 3 centimetres. They have short stocky legs with tiny eyes spread across the head. The male Red Headed Mouse spider (pictured below) has a bright red head and a blue abdomen. The Mouse Spider lives all over Australia but not in Tasmania. It lives in arid conditions as well as rainforests and bushlands. The home of the Mouse Spider is a burrow, oval shaped, of moderate depth and straight down. Female spiders spends all their lives in the burrow. Male spiders wander in Spring to Autumn. The burrow may be plastered with mud and digestive juices then lined with silk. They also live in other parts of the world like the USA.

The females tend to remain in or near their burrows throughout their life, and are sluggish spiders that are rarely aggressive. However M. occatoria females have been found to produce copious amounts of highly toxic venom, which is potentially as dangerous as that of the Sydney Funnel-web Spider. A male M. bradleyi caused a serious envenomation in a child in the Brisbane region. Males wander during early winter, especially after rain. They will assume a threatening posture if disturbed. A bite should be treated the same as a funnel web bite and immediate first aid should be applied. Apply a pressure bandage over the bitten area as high up the limb as possible. Immobilise the victim. If possible, carefully collect spider for positive identification. Do not wash venom off the skin, as retained venom will assist identification.

27 October, 2015:
Little boy found spider. Going to do small story on him. Can you help me ID this spider? Thank you

27 October, 2015:
Unknown spider

27 October, 2015:
Hello, I am D. J. I live in east Tennessee, Anderson county. I have found a spider in my garage and it was a very non aggressive individual, and very glossy and black. It was about the size of a quarter. If you could help identify it, I would be very appreciative. I've had quite a few tell me different answers. You, your site, seems to know quite a bit, so I thought I would ask. Thank you

27 October, 2015:
Thanks, Glen - a relief to know. Here's two of our other "pets" -- a black widow from our outdoor garbage can (now living in a cookie jar on my desk) and what we think is a trapdoor spider, which Terminex took away in a box locked in the trunk. They just happened to be at the house when we found it. All of these are from the same property in Durham. Feel free to post. Thanks again. -Mark

27 October, 2015:
Here are several pics of the Mouse Spider with top and underside view! Thought you might like to add them to the site for educational purposes. Iím live in southern Va. Henry County to be exact!

Reply: I think it's a mouse spider - glen

13 February, 2014:
Hi, Just wondering if you could help identify this spider for me. I found this in the Perth hills around parkerville living near a creek. I think it's a mouse spider but it's front section doesn't look fat enough compared to other pics I've seen of them.

Reply: Yes I think it's a mouse spider. Nice photos - glen

13 February, 2014:
Hi Glen. We have a lot of trap door spiders here in Central Texas but this one looks a bit different from the usual ones I find flushed out of their burrow after a downpour. While searching for an ID I found articles on Mouse Spiders and this one looks similar. What is your opinion? Bob

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Reply: I think these are mouse spiders - glen

13 February, 2014:
Hi there, I'd just like to find out what type of spider is in the attached photo if possible? (All the same spider) I have found about 8 of these while digging in my backyard in Newborough, Victoria Australia. I was digging up dirt and filling a wheelbarrow, and most of them were in there. There are quite a lot of holes in the ground around near where I found them that are approximately 2 cm across. I didn't get a ruler in the photo however at a guess believe the abdomen of the spider was approximately 8mm across, and 12mm long. Many thanks for your help, let me know if there's any other information I can give you! Emma

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Reply: I think this is a mouse spider - glen

15 June, 2013:
I found this spider in my backyard earlier today. I'm not sure what kind of spider it is, but looking at photos on your website its similar in appearance to that of an Australian funnel web spider. Can you help me identify it? Any help is appreciated. Thank you, Rudy

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Reply: I think this is a mouse spider - glen

15 June, 2013:
I live in MD, and would like to know what type of spider this is. I would say this spider is about 1.5-2 inches long.


Reply: I think this is a mouse spider - glen

17 May, 2013:
Hello I've been seeing spiders similar to these in my home. Just wanted to know the name of this spider. It seems fairly small, smaller than a penny, but very fat. They almost look like a mini version of a tarantula. Thank you.

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Reply: I think this is a mouse spider too - glen

10 November, 2012:
Glen, I live in Wilmington NC and I originally thought this was a shiny black wolf spider, but now I think it is some sort of trap door spider. Can you confirm for me? Thanks, Todd

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Reply: I think this is a mouse spider - glen

23 December, 2011:
Hello, This spider was taken at work in Gulf Breeze, Florida. I tried looking online trying to identify this guy, but no luck. My son is extremely into spiders and other bugs and I would like to help him figure this out. Can you help? Thanks. Joe


Reply: This is a mouse spider - glen

22 October, 2011:
I live in eastern nc, I found this the other day at work. I have looked at all kinds of pictures but I cannot figure out what it is.

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Reply: Possibly a mouse spider, definitely not a tarantula but in the same family of myglamorphs - glen

19 May, 2011:

Friend on FaceBook said it's a tarantula... I said no way is this a tarantula... lol

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6 May, 2011:
Do you know what type of spider this is? Thank you. Shelly

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28 May, 2010:
Spider identity

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10 July, 2008:
Hi, my name is Linda and I work at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland U.S. There was a spider brought to us that was found in southern Calvert County around the beach area, (of the Chesapeake Bay), and would appreciate your assistance in identifying the spider. No one in the area has ever seen one like it before. Looking it up on your web-site it looks like a Female, Mouse Spider. Missulena occatoria. Since this seems to be primarily an Australian spider, how frequently are they found in the US? There seems to be a few accounts of the Mouse spider found in the Southern US. We are trying to identify it more out of curiosity then necessity. The pictures are not the best, and have been shrunken for email, but we do still have the spider and the 1+ MB pics. We would greatly appreciate any advice you can provide. I have also sent the pictures to the Washington DC Zoo, entomologist, and waiting to hear something back, along w/ a few other people. Thank you for your time and consideration. Linda

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27 July, 2007:
I'm attaching the photo of the spider taken in Appling, GA USA. The size was the size of a silver dollar. Looks so much like the mouse


18 June, 2006:
Hi there! After seeing your web site, I thought I'd send you these photo's of a Red Headed Mouse spider that we came across near Adelaide. He's a pretty specimen don't you think. I'd never seen or heard of them before, so it was great to see one in the wild while we were out walking.
Kind Regards
Stewart West

23 November, 2004:
I found this not so little guy in the
ground while digging a ditch. I live in North Carolina. It looks like some type of a funnel web??? I would love to know what species it is.
David DeKort

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