Funnel web Spider

 

Funnel-webs make their burrows in moist, cool, sheltered habitats—under rocks, in and under rotting logs, some in rough-barked trees (occasionally metres above ground).

They are commonly found in suburban rockeries and shrubberies, rarely in lawns or other open terrain.

 

A funnel-web's burrow characteristically has irregular silk trip-lines radiating from the entrance. Unlike some related trapdoor spiders, funnel-webs do not build lids to their burrows.

 

Despite the availability of an effective antivenom, correct and immediate first aid is still an essential requirement for funnel-web spider envenomation. The recommended first aid technique is pressure/immobilisation (same as for snake bite) and this must be done as quickly as possible.

 

 

Funnel-webs are extremely aggressive spiders and will have no hesitation in standing their ground and defending themselves
Found after a treatment at one of our customers home

Both sexes produce venom but it's usually the male that bites. It wanders more therefore coming into contact with humans on a more regular basis. The male roams searching for a female with which to mate. The female tends to stay in her home trapping prey as it wanders past. She will stay in the home raising the children (perhaps a hundred of them) while the male wanders around looking for food or another female.

 

Despite humans not posing a threat to these spiders and primates not being found in Australia natively, their venom is lethal to only humans and primates such as chimpanzees. Dogs, cats, chickens, any other type of animal can be bitten by a funnel-web and not suffer any ill effects. Chickens and other poultry can help keep your yard safe by eating funnel-webs and then recycling them into eggs for breakfast. It is important to note that not all species of funnel-web spider are poisonous. If you're unsure what spider has bitten you it's always safer to assume it's a dangerous one and seek treatment

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