I think I saw trap doors on Saturday! On the side of a path where I walk quite frequently, so no idea why I didn’t notice it earlier. Well, the earth is quite bare now. There were various holes with and without lid. I tried to open one lid, pressed it, but didn’t succeed. Some entrances were constructed like little chimneys and when I fumbled around, I broke one off. The “earth ring” itself was really solid, I looked at it from all sides and when I turned it around, the trap-door opened!So it only opens from the inside out. As you can see from the size of my finger the hole was rather like a 1 cent coin – of course I don’t know if there are bigger ones.
This reply was modified 1 week ago by SusanneVogel.
Yes the door opens from the inside!.. I once tried to open one but it was impossible… You have to be very careful because sometimes the spider is inside holding the door shut and you can hurt her if you force it open…
Hi Susanne, if you scroll to the top and first post by Clive and click the link to the article, there is a video of a trapdoor spider hunting. It’s fascinating… (Also a lot of info in that article.. I can see why he got in a pickle whilst writing it! hahahaha 🙂