15 Reasons Arachnophobians Should Skip A Trip To Australia
Spiders are one of the creatures on earth that that get a bad rep. A lot of people known as arachnophobes are petrified of spiders. Spiders do look creepy and we are out number by them, but most spiders are scared of us. Some spiders actually help us by keeping pesky flies and mosquitoes away. Other spiders can be menacing and cause physical pain. So, if you are terrified of spiders, I suggest you stay away from Australia. Australia is home to many species of spiders, some of them being the largest, most dangerous and deadliest ones. If you do find your self in the outback, take precaution, because the spiders are a dominating force to be reckoned with.
Spiders Are Everywhere Australia is a beautiful place, but it’s a surprise that it’s not covered in spider webs. Spiders are literally everywhere. In Australia spiders are in the bushes and trees, hanging from sticks and leaves. They’re in the gutters and behind your shutters. Spiders can be in your toilet , closet and even your boot. Be careful, there may be a spider in your soup.
They Know Where You Sleep Spiders are sneaky and creepy. If you don’t watch out you can be under attack and that’s while your awake. Spiders in Australia are completely inconsiderate and will enter your home while you are sleep. Some spiders are bold enough to try to enter your mouth while you slumber. When visiting Australia, I suggest you bring a mask or something to sleep in.
They’re Huge In most parts of the world spiders are some of the smallest creatures that anyone can encounter. In Australia, spiders are some of the biggest creatures in wild life. Some spiders can grow up to six cm long and the leg span can be up to 16 cm long. It may not seem that big but you will notice the difference between Australian tarantulas and regular spiders.
They’re More Dangerous Than Other Spiders Spiders in Australia are no joke. Anywhere else, spiders are more scared of you than you are of it. In Australia, the spiders attack. Australia is a home to some of the most deadliest spiders known to man. One bite from one of these spiders will have you in so much pain and then minutes later you’ll be dead.
Hard to Catch/Kill In Australia there is an on going war between the human residents and the spiders. The spiders out number the people and that’s because they are hard to catch and kill. Many people have attempted to catch a spider that intruded into their home, but have failed, causing more of a panic. I guess it would be difficult to catch something with eight legs.
They Eat Things That Are Bigger Than Them Spiders are known to eat smaller insects than them and even other spiders. That’s usually how the food chain works. In Australia, it is different, very different. Some spiders eat animals that are bigger than them. The Goliath Birdeater spider is pretty much self explanatory. The continent is also home to the cairns spider. These spiders eat snakes. If birds and snakes have a hard time living in Australia, you might have some difficulty to.
Wolf Spider The wolf spider are bit of a mixed bag of treats. On the one hand, they’re not generally considered to be aggressive, which means you’re not likely to get into a tangle with one. If you are the unfortunate recipient of a bite from one these buggers, you will be in a world of pain. The bite will feel like you are going to die, but you won’t. These spiders are nocturnal so you really won’t have any trouble from them unless you are out at night.
Black House Spider The black house spider sounds like it is the little harmless spider that scampers across your floor once in a while. They’re not. The black house spider is common to see in Australia and can be found in corners around windows and doorways. They are venomous creatures but not deadly. If bitten you will experience symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting, and sweating. Bites from these guys are infrequent as they are timid and not really aggressive.
White Tail Spiders White tail spiders are medium sized and live mainly on the southern and eastern parts of Australia. They have a white tip at the end pf their bodies, hence the name. The thing about white tails is they hate the heat. That means that they will look for refuge indoors, particularly in bathrooms, where things are much cooler. That sucks for you because these guys are venomous and their bites hurt like hell. You won’t die from being bit, but you may become sick, and you’ll most definitely experience a burning sensation in the area of the bite.
Mouse Spider The mouse spider sounds like it is docile, but it is not. The mouse spider is one that you should fear.You can find mouse spiders anywhere you go in Australia.They prefer to stay underground. Mouse spiders like to come out of their underground dwellings when it’s raining. They have been known to bite humans every every once in a while, but are not considered aggressive. If bitten you’ll be in extreme pain, and you will need to get to a hospital as soon as possible.
Redback Spider If you see a redback spider run for your life. Unlike the previous spiders the redback spider can most certainly kill you. The scariest thing about them is you won’t see it coming. These guys like to stay dry, and they have a tendency for finding their ways into people’s trash, underneath seat cushions, and even into mailboxes. Luckily, there is an anti-venom and that can prevent death.
Sydney Funnel-Web Spider The Sydney Funnel-Web spider is Australia’s most deadliest and feared spider. Even if you’re not arachnophobic, this spider will make you freak out as if you were. The Sydney funnel-web spider is extremely aggressive and will not hesitate to attack you. Getting bitten by one could very well kill you if you’re not able to get immediate medical attention. There has been one case of a small child dying within 15 minutes of a bite. Thankfully, most of the hospitals in Australia carry the anti-venom that’s necessary to treat a Sydney funnel-web spider bite. It’ts just a matter of how fast can you get to it.
Ghost Spider The ghost spider is virtually harmless, but they are sneaky. That may be due to their appearance. They are almost transparent which make them hard to spot. They can crawl on you without you even knowing. They sit on Australian plants and awaits prey, which are smaller spiders and insects.
Spiked Spiders If spiders with fangs sound awful, what about spiders with spikes? The spiny-backed orb weaver look really bad ass. It looks like a spider that would mostly be found at a punk rock concert. Though intimidating in appearance the spiny-backed orb-weaver is not known for being aggressive. It is not venomous and its bite is harmless to humans.