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Thread: Wildfires Help Create Perfect Breeding Conditions for Australia’s Deadliest Spiders

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    Default Wildfires Help Create Perfect Breeding Conditions for Australia’s Deadliest Spiders

    Funnel-web spiders are considered to be one of the most dangerous spiders on the planet

    As Australia continues to be devastated by deadly wildfires, residents are being warned by experts of a new danger: increased funnel-web spider activity.

    Daniel Rumsey, spokesman of the Australian Reptile Park, explained in a recent Facebook video that the “current conditions” of the country, caused by drought and fires, encourage funnel-web spider breeding.

    “Funnel- web spiders potentially are the most dangerous spiders on the planet in terms of a bite towards a human, so we have to treat it very seriously,” Rumsey added in the video.

    The Australian Reptile Park has a “long history” working with the deadly spiders, Rumsey said, adding that the park has developed an anti-venom for those bit by female spiders.

    However, the park hasn’t yet developed an anti-venom for bites from male spiders.

    Rumsey encouraged adults to, if they can, safely capture funnel-web spiders and bring them to the reptile park. Both male and female funnel-web spiders are often all black or all brown and grow to 1 cm – 5 cm in body length, according to the Australian Museum, but females are often a bit bulkier than their male counterparts.

    “Funnel-web spiders are very dangerous, but they are quite easy to catch,” Rumsey explained. “Because they are ground-dwelling spider, they can’t climb smooth surfaces like plastic or glass, so you’ll need some tools.”

    Rumsey recommended keeping your hand about 20 centimeters from a funnel-web spider at all times, and to use a steel spoon to push the spider into a glass jar or plastic container.

    In addition to the Australian Reptile Park, there are many drop-off centers in Australia that are also accepting captured funnel-web spiders, according to Rumsey.

    If somebody is bitten by a funnel-web spider, Rumsey said that the treatment is the same one used for front-venomous snake bites.

    “It’s pressure immobilization treatment. You immobilize the limb, you apply a bandage and of course you seek immediate medical attention,” Rumsey said.

    He also noted that there has not been a death from a funnel-web spider bite since the early 1990s.

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    “Funnel-web spiders are very dangerous, but they are quite easy to catch,” Rumsey explained.
    Does not compute

    Rumsey recommended keeping your hand about 20 centimeters from a funnel-web spider at all times, and to use a steel spoon to push the spider into a glass jar or plastic container.
    How about if I save on the container and just squash the spider with the spoon?
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    Great, as if we haven't got enough to deal with. Just had another day over 40C and I woke up this morning to the taste of ash and smoke in the air, again. I was going to clean out my backyard when I'm off work next week, but I'm going to need triple strength gloves and boots if it's a funnel-web breeding ground out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faithanne View Post
    Great, as if we haven't got enough to deal with. Just had another day over 40C and I woke up this morning to the taste of ash and smoke in the air, again. I was going to clean out my backyard when I'm off work next week, but I'm going to need triple strength gloves and boots if it's a funnel-web breeding ground out there.
    I'm really sorry, faithanne. FWIW, if I lived in the same hemisphere, I'd come over and help you clean your backyard. Spider phobia and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faithanne View Post
    Great, as if we haven't got enough to deal with. Just had another day over 40C and I woke up this morning to the taste of ash and smoke in the air, again. I was going to clean out my backyard when I'm off work next week, but I'm going to need triple strength gloves and boots if it's a funnel-web breeding ground out there.
    The American version of these spiders is what we kept finding in our house two years ago. Here they are typically called "grass spiders", but they do spin a funnel web, and we used to find the funnel webs in the bushes in front of our house all the time. They would be pretty visible, too, because they would collect dew in the morning. Anyway, our funnel spiders are not venomous.

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    Maybe living in New Jersey isn't so bad after all. I have arachnophobia.
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