Spike In 'Humongous' Funnel Web Spiders Looking For Love
Funnel-web spiders have descended on Australia looking for love, so it's officially time to pack your bags and head to your nearest airport.
The Australian Reptile Park, which runs a program where spiders are milked for their venom to create anti-venom, said four of the largest funnel-webs it has ever seen were handed into the centre earlier this week.
The wildlife sanctuary, located on the NSW central coast, said it had received a 'massive amount' of male funnel web spiders.
Every spider, in what's considered the 'first wave' of hand-ins, has had a leg span of between six to ten centimeters.
General Manager Tim Faulkner said the males are especially active as they look to mate.
“Never in all my years have we come across so many huge Funnel-Web spiders at once," Faulkner said.
"We occasionally would get one a year, but to get this many during just the FIRST wave of the season truly tells us that they’re out and about.”
The creepy-crawlies are most active around this time of the year during mating season and thrive in a combination of rain, humidity and heat.
Faulkner said they were relying on community support for the program and for more spiders to be caught and handed in.
“If you are an adult and feel safe to do so, please catch the funnel webs using a big glass jar and keeping your hands away from the spider, coax the spider into the jar and bring it to us or one of our drop-off points – you will help us save lives,” he said.
Prior to the development of antivenom 33 years ago, there were 13 recorded deaths, according to the Reptile Park.
Since 1981 there have been zero fatalities.
What To Do If You're Bitten By A Funnel-Web
- Stay as calm as possible
- Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage
- Get to hospital as fast as you possibly can.
Featured Image: Supplied (Australian Reptile Park)