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World Venomous ‘spider showers’ are Australia’s latest concern

23:08  22 january  2020
23:08  22 january  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Following weeks of incomparable wildfires tempered by torrential rain fall, the land down under is encountering an influx of funnel-web arachnids, which is being referred to as “spider showers.”

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Most Australian spiders have venom , but the overwhelming majority are considered harmless to humans as the venom usually only affects invertebrates. Spiders in the family Uloboridae are the only truly non- venomous spiders in Australia .

The Redback Spider is related to the venomous Black Widow Spider . Venomous is the word given to animals that inject poison, (not poisonous). The Red Back Spider and the Funnel Web Spider (sometimes called the Sydney Funnel Web spider ) are Australia ' s two poisonous spiders .

Australian news station 10 Daily reports the continent’s 40 types of poisonous funnel-web spider are more likely to make their way into homes now because of the country’s wet conditions.

“This time of year when you get those afternoon storms, you’re more likely to encounter them,” spider expert Jake Meney from the Australian Reptile Park said.

According to Meney, the rain creates a combination of cool temperatures and humidity that motivates funnel-web spiders to get out and about. They gravitate toward moist places like laundry rooms and the insides of people’s shoes, the report said.

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Its venom contains particularly large quantities of sphingomyelinase D, an enzyme that cleaves sphingomyelin, a compound in cell membranes. A bite can result in such damage to the skin and underlying tissue that it leaves a large and ugly scar.

Male funnel-web spider are reportedly six times more poisonous that females and are known for getting “really adventurous” in their travels to find a mate, according to Meney.

Sydney’s funnel-web spider is Australia’s most lethal arachnid.

Thanks to an aggressive anti-venom campaign, it’s been more than 30 years since anyone was killed by a funnel-web spider.

Meney asks Aussies who encounter a funnel-web spider to try and trap it in a jar so that its venom can be used to make life-saving antidotes.

"Funnel-webs cannot climb up glass or plastic so once you put the lid on tightly, the funnel-web can’t get out,” he said.

Homeowners wishing to steer clear of funner-web spiders altogether are advised to keep their lawns short.

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