Of all of the spiders in Australia, the funnel web has the worst reputation. This spider is known for its powerful venom, and a funnel-web spider bite can cause serious health problems due to the effects of the venom. They can even be deadly, although with anti-venom and quick treatment, they are not nearly as dangerous as they once were.
Australia has at least 40 different species of funnel web. They have various levels of toxicity, with the Sydney funnel-web spider being deadly due to its bite. Children are at greater risk than adults, and prior to antivenom they were linked to a number of deaths.
How do you know if you have been bitten by a funnel web spider? You need to know the symptoms. You can have some or all of the symptoms, so consider any combination of them to be a dangerous warning sign.
- Tingling face or tongue
- Twitching face muscles
- Profuse sweating
- Shortness of breath
- Dilated pupils
People can also fall into a coma if these symptoms are left untreated. If you suspect a funnel web spider bike, apply a pressure immobilising bandage, call 000 for emergency help, and seek antivenom treatment.
Of course, the best thing is to avoid getting bitten in the first place. When you know how to identify a funnel web spider, it is easier to avoid getting bitten. The male funnel web spider is more dangerous than the females. They are smaller, making them medium to large spiders. They are dark, ranging from brown to black. They have hair, but it is sparse. They have a hard, glossy shell on the front of their bodies. They have slender legs, and their venomous spurs are on their third legs.
You should also know where to look for them. Not only are the male huntsman spiders more venomous, but they are also more likely to attack people. They are often located under rocks, logs, and in bark. They hide in shrubbery, forest, and holes in the ground. So, be careful when you are working in the yard, hiking, or otherwise disrupting things.
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