Trapdoor Spider

Grade 3W
January, 2000

What has an underground tunnel?


Trapdoor spiders can be be found in Africa, Australia, California, Europe, Japan, North and South America. It lives in a burrow and its door is tight fitting. This spider’s door is lined with silk.

Physical Description

This spider is 10 cm long and it is 2.1cm wide. The Trapdoor spider has 8 legs, 4 eyes, 2 fangs and 2 body parts. The color of the spider is brown. It lives up to 1-2 years.

The Young

The females lay eggs and the babies hatch from the eggs. Spiderlings are very small.


The Trapdoor spider eats beetles, ants, baby lizards, baby birds, small fish and mice. They also eat grasshoppers, baby snakes and frogs.


The enemies of a Trapdoor spider are wasps, scorpion and people.

Other Interesting Facts

There are 37 000 kinds of spiders in the world.