Monday, January 29, 2007

Red Back Spider Discovered

I was spreading mulch (by hand - no gloves) when I came across one of Australia's most dangerous spiders - the Red Back Spider. She was feeding on the green praying mantis (to the left of the photo).

The female Red Back Spider has the red stripe down her back and can live for 2-3 years. The male is much smaller, no red mark on his back and only lives 7-8 months.

The bite is highly venomous and characterised by intense localised pain and around the bite site. Other symptoms may include sweating, muscular weakness, loss of co-ordination and, in severe cases nausea, vomiting, convulsions, etc.


Jen said...

Wow, I hope you didnt get a bite! Im happy to say the worst things we have here and mosquitos and they just itch!

Did you get my thank you package yet?

Susan Hird said...

Ugh, for an arachnaphobe, that was NOT a good photo. Thankfully you saw it before you put your hand where it shouldn't be. Apparently we are never more that 5 metres from a spider, no matter where we are......not THAT was information I didn't need to know. hehe