Australian Reptile Park issues fresh Sydney funnel-web spider warning

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Authorities have issued a new warning about the world’s most venomous spider, with heavy rain and warmer weather an ideal combination for male Sydney funnel-web spiders.

Billy Collett, operations manager at the Australian Reptile Park, told NCA NewsWire that now is the “peak web funnel season”.

“The males start wandering around to find a female, and if they can’t find anyone by the time the sun comes up, they’ll find a dark, cool place,” Mr Collett said.

He said popular hiding places include laundries and gardens, and in particular shoes – which he advised knocking before stepping into them.

The Australian Reptile Park warns that sightings of the Sydney funnel web have increased due to recent torrential rains.  Provided.
Camera iconThe Australian Reptile Park warns that sightings of the Sydney funnel web have increased due to recent torrential rains. Provided. Credit: Provided

Mr Collett urged those who feel comfortable putting the spiders in a jar shape and taking them to the Australian Reptile Park’s spider drop points, which the park needs for its lifesaving antivenom programme. Lives.

He said the spiders can be contained in a jar with dirt and holes in the lid and kept in a cool place. There are drop offs in Gosford, Sydney and the Central Coast.

Mr Collett said funnel spider season usually coincides with snake season, and first aid approaches were the same for bites from both.

He said to apply a pressure bandage and wrap firmly upwards if it’s a limb that’s affected, splint the limb if possible and limit movement as much as possible.

The Australian Reptile Park has encouraged those who feel safe to collect Sydney funnel webs in jars and deposit them at one of their spider drop facilities.  Australian Reptile Park
Camera iconThe Australian Reptile Park has encouraged those who feel safe to collect Sydney funnel webs in jars and deposit them at one of their spider drop facilities. Australian Reptile Park Credit: Provided

Mr Collett said recent heavy rains on the east coast would worsen the movement of Sydney funnel-web spiders, as more burrows would likely have been disturbed.

Sydney Funnel Spiders are considered the most venomous spiders in the world and are commonly found in Sydney and the Central Coast.

Mr Collett said each year around 20 people are bitten by funnel spiders, but no one has been killed from funnel bites since antivenom became available in 1981.

Historically, Sydney funnel web stings have killed 13 people.

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