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Australia's Worst and Deadliest Spiders and Treatment

Updated on December 9, 2014

Funnel Web Spider

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Australian Spiders

 

The Funnel-web spider is Australia's most deadly of all spiders. Both the male and female carry a deadly toxin, although the males believed to carry six times that of the female.

The most dangerous time

The male is at his most dangerous when he searches for a female mate; they can inflict several bites when cornered.

Recorded deaths

Recorded deaths from these spiders, is conflicting. A Google search suggests between thirteen and eighteen deaths recorded.

Trap Door Spider

The Burrow of a Trapdoor Spider

Trapdoor Spiders

 

The name Trapdoor spiders, is given to members of several families of spiders that have parallel fangs. Do not confuse this spider, with the more common Black House spider. These make thick funnel like webs.

Normally the Trapdoor spider is large, hairy, black, grey, or brown; they normally rear up in an aggressive manner if disturbed. Instead of spinning a web, they construct a burrow, which they line with silk. They mainly eat insects. Called trap door because they build a trap door over their nest.

Low risk toxin

If they bite, it will still hurt, although not venomous.

Red Back Spider

Red Back Spider

 

The red-backed spider has either a red stripe or spots on the middle and rear of his round abdomen. Opposite to birds, the females have the brightest and distinctive red color and the black abdomen. Young ones have a paler or sometimes orange marking.

These spiders, often found in hollow logs, under rocks, or rotten bark. Even like the song says, in your old toilet, or letterbox. The female produce approximately ten-egg sacks, each containing up to 250 eggs.

Venomous Toxin

A mature female's bite can kill a young child and cause serious illness in an adult.

Recorded deaths

After the development of anti-venom in 1956, no deaths have been recorded since.

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      cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

      I was watching National Geographic, they showed up Spiders, very intriguing. It seems they have lived since the beginning of time and have adopted to all sorts of conditions. They are survivors.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 9 years ago from USA

      Wow, those are pretty scary creatures! Very interesting article and great pictures!

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

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      isabelle 6 years ago

      how do you know the deadliest spider?

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      bronte 6 years ago

      i just had a funnel web on my foot.

      im happy to be alive.

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      bronte, oh boy I bet you are, you sure are lucky.

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      Nathan 5 years ago

      an answer to your question isabelle: geolisgists and animal people would find out how many people are killed a year by the spider and how quickly it's venom kills you

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      The Thing 5 years ago

      Tree-dwelling Funnel web spider is the most dangerous of any spiders in australia. it has similar effect like the sydney funnel web but can happen faster. The RedBack venom is Similar to the black widow spider venom, But it is fare less fatal. death can happen to children or unhealty victems.

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      Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks nathan, for answering.

      The thing, its weird how insects from different sides of one country can be different.

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      Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks nathan, for answering.

      The thing, its weird how insects from different sides of one country can be different.

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      awesome guy 3 years ago

      im from australia why do you worry about spiders be afraid of brown snakes

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      Eileen Hughes 3 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Awesome guy, hey I worry about the snakes and sharks too just writing about spiders on this hub though

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