Australia, the sunburnt land, girt by sea. The land of the fair go, the fair shake of the sauce bottle. Home to kangaroos, didgeridoos, port-a-loos and increasingly, micro-brews. An ancient land of beauty, desserts, forests and highly lethal plant, animal and insect species. We Aussies love to brag about having the most dangerous spiders in the world, but can you name the top 5 in Australia?
Before we start, lets put to death this one: The Daddy long Legs. No, it’s not the most venomous spider. There is no evidence to show its venom is harmful to humans. We don’t recommend you eating them to confirm this though (although if you ate it and got sick then it would be poisonous and not venomous) Now here’s the 5 most deadly spiders in Australia, ranked from least to most.
5. Trap Door Spiders
Starting off our list is the Trap door species. Their venom is only mildly affective on humans, causing localised pain. They are so named for the burrow they make in the ground, with a “door”. The spiders are dangerous when children and adults are digging around in the garden unaware of the spiders.
4. The Mouse Spider
8 species of the mouse spider exist in Australia. They have similar venom to the Funnel Webs, however there have been no recorded deaths from its bite, largely in part because the Funnel Webs Antivenom has been effective at treating the Mouse Spiders venom. They are often found in burrows and are rarely aggressive.
3. The Redback Spider
Noted by its black body and defining red stripe, the redback is responsible for some 2000 bites annually, although thanks to advances in Anti-venom, there hasn’t been a recorded death from any spider bite since 1979. Symptoms of its bite include intense localised pain, weakness, nausea and in more serious cases, convulsions and possibly death.
2. Other funnel Web Spiders
Thought you could breathe a sigh of relief because you don’t live in the Sydney area? Guess again. There up to 40 species of Funnel Webs in Australia, 6 of which have been reported to cause severe envenomation. Did we mention they can also live in trees 30m off the ground? Drop bears aren’t all you need to worry about falling onto you…
1. Sydney Funnel Web Spider
Oh boy. It’s everyone’s favourite. Found nearly exclusively in Sydney, this spider is often considered the most deadly in the world. With fangs that can pierce through fingernails, and one specimen reaching 10cm stretched out, this spider is serious business. A single bite can kill a human in 15 minutes. It’s venom, Atraxotoxin, shorts out synapses in the brain and interferes with the relaxation cycle. This causes spasm, accelerated heart rates, numbness of the mouth and death.
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