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1. Posted by jimbob9876 (Budding Member 32 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

What are the Spiders like in Oz?

Has anyone had any scary encounters or been bitten? Are they very common and will I need to check my bed and shoes everyday when im in OZ?!


2. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Redbacks are the main one to watch for in Qld. Funnelwebs are the ones to watch in NSW. There are Huntsmans; these hairy, dangly ones that scare the bejesus out of people (girls esp), but they are completely harmless.

I lived in Qld for 29 years and I've only been bitten somewhere in the region of twenty times.

Jokes: I've never been bitten. I came close when opening a shed door and low and behold, two redbacks were about an inch away from my hand.

Even if they do bite you, you probably won't die.

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was camping at Kakadu National Park, and I ventured off to the loo (one of those composting ones) which was scary enough in the dark. There I was doing my business, when I looked up and saw it, the mother of all giant scary nightmare spiders (probably a huntsman). I gulped, and tried to stay calm while I finished, thinking " just don't move spider pleeeease"....Then, from nowhere, it dropped.....I have never moved so fast off a toilet in my life. Swearing, I dived out the hut with trousers round ankles!

God I needed the lukewarm beer after that.

4. Posted by ujkle (Budding Member 42 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Apparently there's about 30-40 bites from Sydney Funnelwebs reported each year, and 2000 from redbacks, but there's been no deaths in Australia from a confirmed spider bite since 1979.

I've never been bitten either. Know a couple of people who've been chomped by a redback, but they're both fine now.

5. Posted by EuroAndrew (Inactive 35 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Huntsmen spiders can still bite. they leave massive fang marks and they hurt for ages.

6. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The more dangerous common ones are the Redback & Funnelweb.
Redback are prettywell all over Australia and like dark places, so don't lift up sheets of metal or stick your hand in dark corners. I don't know too much about the Funnelweb except is seems to be centred around Sydney.
Huntsman spiders are very prevalant and probably the most often seen. They love to come out on hot nights and cool down by spreading out on the door or window fly screens or just cling to the wall. They seem to be able to flatten out & pass through all sorts of cracks in doorways, windows etc. Huntsman are a bit scarey - mainly when they move - eeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkk.

If you plan to kill a huntsman, creep up & get it the first time. They are timid and will scurry away if you miss. BTW, huntsman spiders may drop onto a car & you don't know until they run across the windscreen - eeeeekkkkk. That's when you all wind your windows up really quick & drive faster so they blow off - it doesn't work, thye get into the door jam & with their sticky feet means they will stay.
Sometimes they get into the car & suprise you when you drop the sunvisor eeeekkkk.
Huntsman will scurry away & will not attack, - but don't play with them. If camping, do check your shoes before putting them on in the morning, just hit the heels together while holding them upside down.

My loveley wife is petrified of spiders - especially huntsman and we have had oscar performances when they have appeard in our car.

In the tropics especially, there are Orb spiders, they make their webs between trees/bushes and it can happen that if you are strolling through the bush, you may walk into one of these webs. eeeeekkk.

After all that, I have never been bitten by a spider.

7. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yes Jimbob, you must check all the time; shoes, underwear, and the worse thing is when they crawl into your mouth in the middle of the night.................

If you're heading North out of Sydney and want to see something different drop into the Australian Reptile Park and watch them milk the Funnel Web venom. 10am most days.

8. Posted by antthemanc (Budding Member 18 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

WHY WHY why would you say that!!!

9. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3548 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Dear Lord - why did l read this post - lm PETRIFIED of spiders and have been held hostage by them at home when they take up residence on my stairs! Even by bloody cat wont save me - had to call my mate who lives up the street from me to come and remove it!!

How will l cope in Dec/Jan when we visit Oz!!

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, the huntsmen are scary looking buggers. I've had a couple of times now where they just seemed to appear on my car dashboard. Kind of freaks you out when you're driving! I think the freaking out is more dangerous than the spider in that situation

I found a white tail spider climbing up my leg once while watching TV.

But so far no bites.