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The Deadly Spiders

The hairy eight legged creature is really scary. In Australia you find the biggest, and the most dangerous spiders. There are close to 10,000 species of spiders in the island continent. I would just list a few most dangerous ones.

Tarantula

Australian tarantula
Tarantula

This is the scariest and the most infamous. With leg span of 22 cm and fangs measuring 1 inch, it is indeed an ominous sight. It is also the longest living species in spiders. They hiss when provoked and bite can invoke vomiting for 6 hours in humans. The venom is fatal for smaller animals like cats and dogs.

The Redback

Redback Spider
The Redback

This one is iconic. The most venomous and the bite can lead to death among young and old. The effect of venom can range from excruciating pain to paralysis. The anti-venom keeps the people safe though.

Sydney Funnel Web

Sydney funnel-web spider
Sydney funnel-web “The Aggressor”

The most terrifying of them all. This one attacks and is very aggressive. There have been many cases of these monsters clinging on to the victim and injecting their venom in dangerous quantity. The venom is highly toxic and is injected by huge fangs and can kill a man in 15 minutes.The symptoms after biting are spasm, palpitation, vomiting and swelling of the brain in some cases.

Fiddleback

Brown Recluse - Loxosceles
Fiddleback

They look very innocuous, but their venom destroys muscle and RBC. The injuries afflicted by bites are slow to heal and in extreme cases amputation may be required. However the fangs are quite small and their area is very limited.

So, this was a small review of some of the dangerous creatures of Australia.

More to come in the next post.

 

 

 

 

A little knowledge goes a long way..

Australia is a scary place in some regards – a harsh environment that could leave you dead in a short time without preparation. But, the reality of that statement is far from the truth. I’ve lived in Australia for most of my life and, as I like to point out to ny friends, I’m still here!

don't swim with crocodiles

Most Australians encounter nothing more dangerous than sun-burn or mosquito bites – we live in comfortable cities surrounded by mod-cons to keep nature at bay. In fact, until I travelled to Queensland one year, I had never seen a snake in the wild. When we do go out of our comfort zone we go prepared, you wouldn’t just drive into the desert without sufficient water and supplies, or jump into a lake in the Outback without knowing if there was a crocodile danger. And in the main, most animals are more scared of us than we are of them – they’ll here you coming and disappear.

Preparation and knowledge, like in most things in life, are our companion, when venturing outside our safe environment. There are wonderful websites explaining how to identify poisonous animals and what to do in the unlikely event of a snake or spider bite, how to treat dehydration, safe swimming spots. Most of these I had never read or needed in my blissful ignorant city life. Remember the truly most dangerous animal in Australia is actually- the horse!