Australian Tarantulas (Theraphosidae) are the largest family of spiders found in Australia. Only four described genera (types) of tarantula include Phlogius,  SelenotypusSelenotholusCoremiocnemis. Every individual has a unique personality colour variations and building style. They are a thill to keep while you observe them mature and grow.  Tarantulas are a low maintenance, inexpensive and quiet pets, that take very little space.  Their distinctive and fascinating behaviors make them an phenomenal observational pet and with proper care, they can be harmless. 

Tarantulas are burrowing spiders, often spending most of their lives underground unless hunting or mating. In the wild, they will prey on almost anything they can overpower. Tarantulas have poor vision and primarily use vibrations to seek their prey.  A Simple Guide for keeping with all essential information can be found in our Tarantula Care Guide available on our site Click Here

The four described genera of tarantulas are:

  • Phlogius – are the largest and fastest growing species, they inhabit much of inland and coastal Queensland north of Rockhampton. Unlike other species, Phlogius exhibits opportunistic burrowing behaviour and my construct retreats under debris.
  • Selenotypus – are a large arid species that grow relatively slow, they inhabit the inland regions of the northern states of Australia. These tarantulas are obligate burrowers and spend most of their lives underground
  • Selenotholus – are a slow growing arid species and are the most widespread throughout Australia, being found inland in many of the southern states. These tarantulas are obligate burrowers and spend most of their lives underground
  •  Coremiocnemis – are a tropical rainforest species that have a similar growth rate to Phlogius but grow somewhat smaller. Similarly to Phlogius, this genus may also exhibit opportunistic burrowing behavior

 Australian tarantulas are currently poorly described, with only a handful of described species. It is understood that there are many more undescribed species.