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The gladiator spider is native to eastern Australian forests. The gladiator has a relatively long and thin body for a spider, and long legs for the size of its body. The gladiator spider is also called the net casting spider because of the way it catches prey. It spins a small web that it holds between two pairs of legs. It then holds the web, or net, a few inches above the ground. The spider waits until an insect wanders below where it is holding the net. The gladiator then drops on top of the insect catching it in the net. Play the following videos to learn more about the gladiator spider.