Friday, April 6, 2012


Two of the worlds most feared spiders; a Sydney Funnelweb (Atrax robustus) left, and a Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria reidyi) right.

Dangerous right? Perhaps. Nobody has died from Sydney Funnelweb bite since 1980, and deaths from Wandering Spiders are quite rare. Then again, think about this. Is a family car dangerous? No one runs screaming from the sight of them, yet in Australia over 1500 people die annually from motor vehicle accidents. Over 30,000 die each year in the US, and over a million people die globally. So where is the real danger? It’s not lurking in the shadows waiting to bite you, it’s sitting in plain sight in the driveway.

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