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Lots and lots of rain in Queensland and this male Brush Footed Trapdoor spider was trying to find a higher drier spot than his usual burrow. About 2.5 inches across the legs, this spider has a highly neuro-toxic venom similar in potency to the much feared Sydney Funnel Web.
Idiommata species, probably Idiommata iridescens (ID by Ron Atkinson )

My yard
North Burnett. Qld.

Canon EOS 450D
Lens EF50MM F2.5 Macro
Image Quality RAW
Flash 580EXII ETTL On
White Balance Flash
AF mode Auto

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  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesabout 4 years ago

    wow! YIKES!!! lol

  • Thanks Christie, you know the weirdest thing about this spider is it made me feel like I wanted to pick it up and play with it, it just had that strange energy about it. Luckily I found out about its poison before I gave in to the whim :-)

    – burnettbirder

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeabout 4 years ago

    very interesting spider, I found something similar but the hair on its body was pale gray. Do you know if they come in different colours for different areas.

  • The Trapdoor family has many members that are grey/fawn but they will be different species rather than area based colour variations. All of them are venomous, though generally not as much as this one. Beautiful things though.

    – burnettbirder

  • Enivea
    Eniveaabout 4 years ago

    Well at least it wasn’t rearing up at you! Thanks for the link too.

  • Thanks, it was actually a really calm spider and even when I wanted to manouver it into a better position for the photo it just obliged without any drama.

    – burnettbirder

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeabout 4 years ago

    I will post a photo I took on RB, which isn’t very good but shows the spider in question better than any of the others I snapped before releasing it into the garden. (I found it in the house after a lot of rain) I would really appreciate it if you could have a look and give me your opinion. I have not seen one like it and can’t find it in my spider book. ( A Guide to Australian Spiders by Densy Clyne) Cheers Val

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieabout 4 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?

    CONGRATULATIONS
    please keep him in queensland,we’ve have enough poison spiders and snake right here,very brave capture

  • Thanks Gabbie, I’ll make sure he stays around here just for you :-)

    – burnettbirder

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, excellent work and well deserved.

  • Thank you Andrea

    – burnettbirder

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieabout 4 years ago

    thank you !!!! lol

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 4 years ago

    I shudder when I look at this, but it’s still excellent!

  • Thank you.

    – burnettbirder

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray, much appreciated

    – burnettbirder

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