Often confused with the Funnel Web spiders the brown trapdoor can be distinguished by its chocolate brown coloration, less robust body and the presence of distinct boxing glove-shaped palps in the males (these are the appendages at the front of the head between the first pair of legs).
The body and legs are covered in tiny hairs
The female is around 35mm in length, while the male is usually around 20mm and of a slimmer body
Male trapdoor spiders leave their burrows in search of a mate during humid weather. The male dies shortly after mating with the female
The eggs are kept in a cocoon
After hatching the spiderlings stay in the burrow for some time and eventually emerge to disperse and fend for themselves
Trapdoor spiders dig a burrow in the ground that is lined with silk, though, despite their common name, this species does not construct a lid. They use these burrows to raise their young and for protection. Burrows may reach 250mm in depth and around 25mm in width. Some of the trapdoor spiders dig simple, tube-like burrows, while others excavate additional side tunnels for extra hiding places.
Trapdoor spiders eat a variety of insects and other arthropods. The spider waits inside the burrow
Bites are not fatal to humans, but local pain and swelling may occur