is world famous for its poisonous spiders.
it is all a big
exaggeration just because people like to make
sounding dangerous and interesting.
Firstly, Australian most venomous spiders are not even that common to come
Secondly, they are not
aggressive unless harrassed.
Thirdly, there are less
deaths than you think.
Australia does not deserve
the reputation as the "country of
I too often
the internet how people are seriously thinking of putting off their
trips because they are scared of Australian spiders.
Believe me - your trip
can go ahead!
Red back spider. By ajft via
been no spider deaths in
since 1981, since the last antivenoms became available.
And even before that, the
deaths were not numerous, not enough to justify the
reputation of Australia as the "country of poisonous spiders".
start with the facts - which
poisonous spiders do we
have in Australia and on Cape York peninsula?
The most infamous
Australian poisonous spider is Redback.
If you go asking around most people point out this spider. Locals like
to tell you how dangerous it is, many Australians have done
it so many times that over the years they have become to believe it
Now let's get the facts.
No deaths have been recorded since the introduction of antivenom in
During the whole
Australian history, only 14 redback spider deaths have been recorded.
At the same time, it is believed that thousands
of people are bitten
every year. Only 20% of them ever need any treatment.
Ok, the bite of this spider is known to be very painful and
cause severe discomfort, fever, headache, sweating, vomiting
and nausea, but it is still a big
exaggeration to call this spider deadly, particularly now
that we have the antivenom.
Redback Spider is
found in Cape York. By
Mikeblogs via Flickr.com Redback is a very common spider
in Australia, including Cape York, it lives in
people's homes, and is easy to spot in gardens, sheds, on verandahs,
in toilets etc.
If this spider was so deadly there
would have been a
lot more deaths even before the antivenom became available.
White Tailed Spider
Another spider that has the reputation is white tailed spider.
Even overseas visitors have heard about it.
Tailed Spider by
Kaptain Kobold via Flickr.com
reputation was given to this spider totally wrongly thanks to a
study that was incorrectly done.
This spider has not
and its bite hasn't usually even got the symptoms of a redback bite.
It normally only causes a red mark and local pain, that will go away by
Sydney Funnel Web Spider
is Australia's most dangerous spider but again now that we have the
antivenom it is no longer deadly.
Funnel Web Spider. By Jurgen Otto via Flickr.com It is not found in Cape York,
here we have the Northern
funnel web spider that is less dangerous.
And that's all about
Australian poisonous spiders for your Cape York trip :-)
spiders in Australia that can give you a
nastier bite than the venomous ones!
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