Wolf Spider

Grade 3W
January, 2000

What howls and carries its babies, but is not a wolf?


Wolf spiders are found in Mexico, U.S.A., and Africa, too. They live in sandy places and under rocks. The Wolf spider has a nest underground. The spider does not have a web. Wolf spiders are found in woods and in people’s houses.

Physical Description

The spider is 13 mm wide, 3.8 cm long. The Wolf spider has 8 longer legs. This spider is brown in color. The Wolf spider lives up to 1-2 years old.

The Young

The females lay eggs and their babies hatch from eggs. The babies climb on the mom’s back. The female Wolf spiders lay 1 - 60 eggs.


Wolf spiders hunt at night for their food. They eat insects and other spiders. This spider can run very fast after its prey.


The Wolf spider’s enemies are people, other spiders, snakes, cats and dogs, and bears.

Other Interesting Facts

There are 37 000 different species of spiders in the world. Only a few spiders are poisonous.