Spider First Aid and Identification Chart
SPIDERS TEND TO INCITE more fear than favour and even provoke phobias for some. And many a visitor to our shores has been more than a little worried about our venomous eight-legged friends.
It’s true that we have some of the most venomous spiders in the world – but Australia’s spider reputation is bigger than its bite: a death in April 2016 was the country’s first recorded spider-caused death since 1981.
“The fact is that, from a human perspective, spiders just aren’t that dangerous” says Dr Aaron Harmer, arachnid researcher Macquarie University. “While many spiders can give you a nip, in most cases it is less troublesome than a bee sting.”
Featured are the Sydney funnel web spider, red-back spider, wolf spider, white-tail spider, black house spider, huntsman and other spiders with notes to aid in identification.