The “Not-So Itsy Bitsy” Spider house

Opening for the Season on October 1, 2019

FREE with Zoo Admission during regular hours. Our butterflies have flown and our flight house has gone through a “metamorphosis” transforming into a 1,000 sq ft. walk-through spiderhouse! Come view the intricate and beautiful webs these beneficial arachnids weave. Get an upclose look at vibrant spiders as you walk alongside them!

Want to upgrade your experience? Try our special guided spider tour during the “World’s Largest Halloween Party!” presented by Meijer — just $2 (cash only).


Monday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (closes early to prepare for “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!” presented by Meijer.)
Reopens at 5 p.m. on Halloween party nights (special fee for guided tour)

Exhibit and all activities subject to the cooperation of animals, weather, and Zoo maintenance.

List of Species


Golden Garden Spider

Argiope aurantia



Orb Weavers

Neoscona crucifera


Banded garden spider

Argiope trifasciata



Fun Spider Facts:

  • Spiders are arachnids, not insects.
  • Spiders have 8 legs while insects have 6.
  • Spiders are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
  • There are around 40,000 different species of spider.
  • Most spiders make silk which they use to create spider webs and capture prey.
  • Abandoned spider webs are called cobwebs.

More Creepy Crawlies!

Meet some special species who will be on display in the spider house for you to observe. Learn more about them below!

Blue Death-feigning Beetles

Asbolus verrucosus

  • Native to the United States
  • Omnivorous; eats fruits and vegetables, leafy greens
  • Blue coloration
  • May “play dead” when disturbed

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Gromphadorhina portentosa

  • Native to Madagascar
  • Omnivorous; eats fruits and vegetables, leafy greens
  • Nocturnal
  • May “hiss” when disturbed
 Hissing Cockroach at Louisville Zoo

Giant Vinegaroon

Mastigoproctus giganteus

  • Arachnid native to United States
  • Carnivorous; eats insects
  • Have 8 legs and 8 eyes, but poor vision.
  • Adults are solitary, except for mating.

Desert Millipede

Orthoporus ornatus

  • Myriapod native to United States
  • Detritivore; feeds on dead organic material, especially leaves
  • Secrete chemicals that contain cyanide, making them inedible to most predators, except some species of scorpion.