Museum in a Box - Spiders

Museum in a Box® is available for set three week loan periods and can be sent to any educational institution across Australia.

Museum in a box - spiders

Museum in a box - spiders
Photographer: 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. 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. 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

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