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IDENTIFY THAT SPIDER!

Spiders are ancient animals with a history going back many millions of years. They are abundant and widespread and are natural controllers of insect populations. Spiders are probably one of the most feared pests, however not all species are dangerous.

Spider venoms are a cocktail of many chemicals. Some are neurotoxins, which evolved to kill or immobilise arthropods like insects by attacking their nervous systems; others are cytotoxins which help break down the tissue so the spider can ingest a liquefied meal. Unfortunately, a few of these chemicals can be seriously toxic to people.

There are thousands of species of spiders in Australia. Only two have bites which are capable of causing death - the Funnel-Web spider and the Redback spider.

Female Redback Spider

Female Funnel-Web Spider

White Tail Spider

Redback Spider

Dark brown to black abdomen with a red mark which may not always be obvious. Long thin legs. Female more venomous.

DANGEROUS
Life threatening

Sydney Funnel-Web Spider

Dark brown to black. Shiny back. Long slender spinnerets. Male more venomous and has spur on second pair of legs.

DANGEROUS
Life threatening

 

White Tail Spider

Dark reddish brown to black cigar shaped body. White tip prominent in juveniles which fades as spider matures

DANGEROUS
Can cause severe injury

 

Black House Spider

Mouse Spider

Wolf Spider

 

Black House Spider

Brown to black. Velvety appearance. Webbing may be mistaken for that of a Funnel Web. Timid and rarely bites

Painful Bite. Not considered to be
life threatening

 

Mouse Spider

Often confused with Funnel Webs. Much larger head. Male black/blue. Female brown/ black. May have red head.

DANGEROUS
Can cause severe injury

Wolf Spider

Grey to brown in colour with distinct union jack pattern on its back. Non aggressive spider but will bite if provoked.

Painful Bite. Not considered to be
life threatening

You should always treat spiders with respect and caution. A spider bite can be a very painful experience and prompt first aid is essential.

For detailed spider first aid information Take a look at our blog article titled: Spider Bite First Aid


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