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Sydney Funnel-Web - Atrax Robustus

These spiders are found not only in Sydney, as their name suggests, but have been found across New South Wales from the coast of Newcastle to Nowra and in the west, as far as Lithgow. Sydney Funnel-Web Spiders are usually blue-black in colour, but this depends on what part of their shed they are in because spiders do shed their skins to grow, just like reptiles do.

Interesting facts - The female is approx. 35mm long, towering over the male of only 25mm.

These Funnel-Webs have teeth! They can be identified by a row of teeth that run across the fang groove and a row on its paired claws.

The male spider has venom that is around 6 times more toxic than that of the female spider.

The venom is similar to that of the Blue-Ringed Octopus. They both contain neurotoxins which prevent the brain from transferring information to the rest of the body. Some victims have experienced uncontrollable muscular spasms.

These spiders can be milked for their venom so anti-venom can be made in case a person does get bitten.

THESE SPIDERS ARE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS AND VENOMOUS SO IF YOU SEE ONE DO NOT APPROACH IT!

Also these critters are most active after rain, so DON’T leave clothes or shoes outside overnight, because they love damp conditions.

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