There are over 1900 spider species known worldwide, and many of them are harmless. However, a few dangerous spiders can be found in Australian habitats. The Sydney Funnel Web Spider (Atrax robustus) is one such spider. This spider is the size of a housefly and has three pairs of legs on its body. It lives in webs near the ground and Hunts large prey like rats or birds. In 2008, an 11-year old boy died after being bitten by a Sydney Funnel Web Spider while playing outside his home in western Australia.
The Red Back Spider (Latrodectus bishopi) is also considered to be one of the “deadliest” spiders in Australian forests and gardens. Like other venomous spiders, this species produces a powerful neurotoxin that can kill humans quickly if they are bitten, making it particularly dangerous to children playing outdoors or adults working in garden/forest areas where they may come into contact with it unintentionally.
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There are many myths and legends around spiders with some being true while others are just rumours. One of the more common myths is that spiders can bite humans. In reality, a spider would have to get really close to biting someone and despite appearances, most spiders are not even capable of doing so.
A spider’s fangs are designed to latch onto flesh and weave in and out of tissue as the creature feeds on its prey. However, these sharp extensions do not have enough give for them to pierce human skin easily. In fact, only about 2 percent of all bites from venomous insects occur on the skin or surface where we might expect it – that’s excluding funnel-web spiders (Atrax) which have enlarged chelicerae specifically adapted for hunting small mammals like us! If you were somehow able to get bitten by a spider, don’t freak out; there is no need to go to the hospital and your chances of getting seriously ill are incredibly low.
The two deadliest spiders are the black widow and the brown recluse. Both spiders are capable of killing a human, although it is not always easy to know that they have attacked. The black widow has a particularly deadly bite as it injects a venom that can kill within minutes. In contrast, the brown recluse generally bites slowly and does not inject any venom. However, their bites are just as deadly because simply touching one of these spiders can transmit the poison which can kill within hours. It is important to be aware of where these spiders are found and what precautions need to be taken if you happen to come into contact with them, especially if you have children in your home.
There are several animals that can kill a human in Australia, with the deadliest being the tiger. Out of all of the animal species in Australia, tigers are responsible for the most fatalities. In fact, Australian governments report that Tiger fatalities account for approximately 30% of all known wildlife-related human fatalities. While hunting and fatal encounters with marine mammals account for the majority of these deaths (68%), tigers are also known to prey on humans in rural areas and cities.
Many people think of spiders as pests and often regard them with fear or anxiety. But many gardeners also include spider plants in their collections because they are aptly named – these plants grow up out of the ground like a spider with lengthy, spindly vines that can trail over walls or other objects. Many spider plants (Aspidosperma) are relatively easy to take care of and some, such as Ficus macrophylla, even make great houseplants. Here’s a closer look at what makes these plants pet-friendly:
Spider Plants Are Easy to Take Care Of
Spinners need very little water once they’re established in the ground, but will appreciate occasional misting if grown indoors. Once you get to know your particular spinner, you may only need to water it when the surface starts to feel dry. Spider plants do not appreciably compete for space with other indoor plantings; they can be situated close together without harming each other too much. In fact, some growers recommend planting several spider plants together so that humans and spiders share one area! These hardy PLANTS tolerate light deprivation, making them an ideal choice for those who live in areas where sunlight is sparse during winter months.
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