Planning on a trip Down Under? Australia can be one of the best holiday destinations on offer, but it’s not without its dangers. So it is important to do some research ahead of any potential travel accident compensation claim, and spiders in the country are a danger.
What deadly spiders should I avoid to ensure I don’t have a holiday mishap?
There are many types of spider in Australia, all of which have differing characteristics and dangers. Here are five to keep away from:
- Sydney Funnel-Web – This creepy little fella produces highly toxic venom in vast amounts and possess sharp fangs with which to inject it, making it one to steer clear of at all costs. They are known to populate rural areas, but have been spotted in urban environments, where they like to burrow. To make them even worse, they are very aggressive when threatened. If you need to sit down on a toilet seat look under it first.
- Redback Spider – A distinctive species, the Redback is immediately distinguishable due to the red streak on its back. They can be found throughout Australia and often shelter in dry, dark places. Around 200 bites are recorded each year, but no deaths have been registered since the invention of Redback antivenom in the 1950s. Even if the risks are low, it’s probably better to give these a wide berth.
- White-Tailed Spider – The White-tailed spider is a creature of the night, often venturing out under the cover of darkness to hunt its prey. This makes it a particular menace when camping or sleeping outdoors. Although their venom has been found to be non fatal, bites can still cause a great deal of skin irritation and discomfort.
- Australian Tarantula – Big, hairy and pretty nasty, the Australian tarantula is one of the worst spiders to encounter. Although its venom is not lethal to humans, their bites are known to cause nausea, vomiting and fever, making them pretty unpleasant little blighters. They make a distinctive whistling noise by rubbing their front legs against their jaws.
- Recluse Spider – With a potentially dangerous venom that can damage the blood and skin, the Recluse spider is far from pleasant. Serious bites are another problem, so it’s best to steer completely clear of them.
There we are, if you weren’t afraid of spiders before that list you may well be now. It’s important to remember to stay calm and not go looking for trouble and these deadly spiders should all prove not to be a big problem. But, if you do get bitten seek medical help immediately to avoid a holiday problem.
Date Published: November 10, 2013
Author: David Brown