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The trapdoor spider is native to the southern United States, Mexico and parts of Central America. Species can also be found in Europe, Asia, South Africa and Australia. They are large, hairy spiders that nest underground. The trapdoor spider will dig a burrow in the earth and line it with silk. They will cover the entrance of the burrow with a trapdoor made of earth and silk. The trapdoor is hinged on one side with silk so it can open and close. This makes the burrow difficult to see when the trapdoor is closed. Hidden behind the trapdoor, the trapdoor spider can quickly sneak out and catch prey, such as insects, that wander to close to its burrow. Play the following videos to learn more about the trapdoor spider.