Funnel-web spider

Funnel-web spider

Spiders are among some of the creatures that have been on planet earth for the longest time. It is estimated that spiders have been in existence for about one hundred and thirty million years. There are very many different types and species of spiders in the world today. These animals are classified according to different things. This may include; the place they are found, whether they are venomous or not as well as the type of webs that they make.

How to identify a spider

Nonetheless, there are some basic facts about all types of spiders. They all arthropods, they all have eight legs and normally they have between six to eight pairs of eyes. No matter the type of spider, these are the basic features and anything else different from this would not be a spider. One major type of spider is the Funnel-web spiders. These are very popular in Australia especially in the eastern coast of this country. These spiders are very poisonous and in fact, they are regarded as Australia's most poisonous spiders. They are very dangerous and dreaded very much by human beings. The venom of the Funnel-web spider is able to kill a fully grown and healthy adult in less than one hour. The Funnel-web spiders are normally black in colour or dark brown. They also have some kind of glossy appearance and their bodies would shine when exposed to sunlight. Other areas where these Funnel-web spiders can be found include; the southern parts of Australia, Victoria as well as New South Wales. These Funnel-web spiders mainly feed on insects. However, a fully grown and mature spider would also feed on snails and lizards. Spiders are one of the most dangerous animals that exist on earth. When it comes to feeding on their prey, they use horrific and crude methods. The spiders would normally inject digestive juices into the bodies of their prey. This way, the inner tissues would be digested and liquefy to liquids that they can suck and feed on. In case someone is bitten by a spider, the best thing to do is to tie up the place and seek the doctor's attention as soon as possible.

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