According to AustralianGeographic.com, the varying ecosystems of Australia are inhabited by approximately 10,000 different species of spiders. As such, Aus is home to some of the world’s most poisonous spiders.
Most poisonous spiders
The most poisonous spiders include the Atrax robustus (Sydney funnel web), which is regarded as the deadliest, most toxic spider in Australia, perhaps even the world, and other funnel web spiders, although only six of the 40 or so funnel-web species found in the country have been reported to cause severe envenomation.
The Red-back spider
Then, of course, there is Latrodectus hasselti, the Red-back spider, which is responsible for around 2,000 bites every year, although only approximately 250 out of these bites typically necessitate administration of anti-venom.
Other poisonous spiders
The list of most poisonous spiders in the country also includes the:
- Missulena sp. (mouse spider)
- Idiopidae family (trap door spiders)
- Lampona murina and L. cylindrata (white-tailed spiders)
- Genera Selenocosmia, Selenotypus, Selenotholus and Phlogiellus (Australian tarantulas)
- Loxosceles reclusa (recluse spider)
- Sparassidae family (huntsman spiders)
- Eriophora sp (Common garden orb weaver spider)
Dr Geoff Isbister, a University of Newcastle researcher specialising in envenoming, states that the fear of Australia’s spiders is somewhat irrational considering the facts that:
- Allergic reactions to bee stings cause more deaths than spider bites
- More people die in car accidents every year than as a result of spider bites
Dr Isbister does, as a matter of fact, believe bees, sharks, snakes and road traffic accidents are more life-threatening than any of Australia’s most poisonous spiders.
Driving in Australia
It seems driving carefully and looking out for other drivers to prevent motoring accidents is far more important in Australia than looking out for spiders under toilet seats or in mailboxes, where the dreaded red-back spider tends to lurk.
It is also good to know that if you are injured in a vehicle collision in Australia, you may qualify for driver injury compensation if your accident on the road was caused by something another road user did or did not do and occurred no longer than three years ago.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice