Wolf Spider

Grade 3W
January, 2000

What is hairy but does not howl?



The Wolf Spider can be found in North America, U.S.A. and Mexico. They can also be found in homes, caves, sandy places, under rocks,stones, logs, tall grass, in woods, dumps and trash. This spider nests underground.

Physical Description

Wolf Spiders have 8 eyes. They have 8 legs that are 3.8 cm long. They are gray in color. Mom carries her babies on her back. The babies climb onto her back. Spiderlings go ballooning.

The Young

The females lay the eggs. The eggs are laid in an egg case. The babies
hatch from eggs. The female Wolf Spider carries them on her back. The baby spiders are called spiderlings.


The Wolf Spider’s favorite foods are other spiders, bugs, bees, scorpions, and grasshoppers.


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

Other Interesting Facts

There are 37,000 different types of spiders in the world.