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Spiders are arachnids and do not have backbones. This means they are invertebrates. They have eight legs, many eyes and silk-producing organs called spinnerets.


Museum in a Box
Image: James King
© Australian Museum

Many of Australia's spiders are large and hairy and live in burrows or dark corners. Some are also very venomous. Others have beautiful colours and patterns and build intricate silken webs. Some have very interesting habits, such as the net-casting spiders, which catch their prey with a silk net held in their front legs.

This box contains many spider specimens embedded in plastic resin.

Box Contents:

  • Embedded spider specimens
  • Large model of a Redback spider
  • Fossil arachnid
  • Hand lens
  • Tarantula puppet
  • Information panels
  • Books
  • factsheets

A charge applies to loan the Museum in a Box program for 3 weeks. This charge covers booking, handling, maintenance and freight of the box to and from any school or education institution. Please ensure you read the risk assessment before you book. A tax invoice will be sent after you book.

$110 (incl. GST) per box for NSW regional schools, PSFP schools and NSW age care facilities.

$154 (incl GST) per box for Greater Sydney postcodes; 2250 - 2260, 2500 - 2526, 2555 - 2573 & 2745 - 2770

$182 (incl. GST) per box for Sydney Metropolitan schools and interstate organisations.

The Australian Museum applies the designation of Sydney Metropolitan to schools with postcodes up to and including 2234.


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