Where Do Spiders Live?

Spiders are one of the most widely distributed creatures on Earth, and they inhabit every continent except Antarctica. They live in a vast range of habitats, including but not limited to:

  1. Homes and Buildings: Many types of spiders, prefer living in man-made structures because they provide shelter and a steady supply of food (other insects). They can often be found in corners, behind furniture, in basements, or in less disturbed areas of the home.

  2. Gardens and Fields: Many spiders prefer the outdoors and can be found in gardens and fields. They may spin their webs in plants or hide in the undergrowth, waiting to ambush prey.

  3. Forests and Woodlands: In these habitats, spiders can be found in the trees, in the bark of trees, on leaves, in fallen logs, and on the forest floor.

  4. Deserts: Certain species of spiders are well adapted to life in the desert, such as the desert tarantula. These spiders often live in burrows to avoid the extreme heat of the day.

  5. Water Bodies: There are even spiders that live near or on water, like the fishing spider and the water spider. The latter can create a submerged “diving bell” web which it fills with air and uses as a sort of underwater lair.

  6. Caves: Certain specialized spiders have adapted to live in caves, and developed other adaptations to live in total darkness.

  7. Mountains: Some spiders have also been found at high altitudes, even as high as Mount Everest!

It’s important to note that spiders’ living conditions depend largely on their species. For instance, a jumping spider might prefer leafy plants to stalk prey, while an orb-weaver would build its intricate web in areas with high insect traffic, and a funnel-web spider might prefer a burrow in the ground.

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