How to Identify Spiders in Western Australia

How to Identify Spiders in Western AustraliaFew places have spiders as dangerous as those in Australia. While a black widow bite will make most people ill, they typically only kill the infirm or allergic. There are spiders in Australia that can kill even healthy humans. That makes their proper identification critical for anyone pursuing outdoor activities in Australia. (Pictured: The Sydney Funnel Web spider, Atrax robustus, one of the most venemous spiders known to exist. These spiders are highly dangerous)

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Get a look at the fangs. Monstrous fangs will stand out on a spider, even with just a cursory inspection. Those of Western Australia's mouse spider are enormous, while the huntsman, wolf and jumping spiders all have sizable fangs as well.
Step 2
Examine the eyes. Jumping and wolf spiders have one or two sets of eyes that are much bigger than the others. For example, the wolf spider has two big eyes above a row of four smaller eyes, and two more set farther back on the head. The huntsman, of which some varieties are easily mistaken for wolf spiders, has the standard set of spider eyes: two rows of four, all the same size.
Step 3
Look for distinguishing colors or patterns. The much-feared redback, with venom 15 times stronger than that of a rattlesnake, is a Western Australia spider that resembles a black widow. The females are usually all black with a telltale bright red stripe across the top of their abdomens. The males are brown, with similar white markings. The females have .4-inch bodies, while the males' bodies are merely .15 inches.
Step 4
Observe the webbing, if there is any. A spider found away from its web is probably a ground spider (like a wolf or jumper). The web's pattern can also help identification. For example, the Western Australia tent spider weaves a horizontal web, vaguely reminiscent of a roof.

Tips & Warnings

 
Australia's three poisonous spiders are funnel-web spiders, redback spiders,and mouse spiders. All are highly toxic and medical attention should be sought if bitten by one.
 
Australia's three poisonous spiders are funnel-web spiders, redback spiders,and mouse spiders. All are
 
highly toxic and medical attention should be sought if bitten by one.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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