There’s been increased activity of the venomous and deadly funnel-web spider in Australia recently, increasing fears across the country, USA Today reports:
- What’s going on: The Australian Reptile Park said there’s been increased activity of these spiders because of the recent weather conditions, which has included “dust storms, hail and flash floods,” per USA Today.
- The park said: “We are issuing a message of warning to the public as recent wet weather conditions followed by hot days have created perfect conditions for funnel-web spiders to thrive.”
Danger: Dan Rumsy, a reptile keeper at the Australian Reptile Park, said on the park’s Facebook page that the spiders are one of the most dangerous in the world for humans, according to USA Today.
- No one has died since the 1980s in Australia from the spider, though.
- Warren Bailey, owner of ABC Pest Control Sydney, told CNN that spiders are usually active in the summer months. But spider season arrived later because of the weather.
- Bailey (via CNN): “Their venom is pretty toxic and can kill someone. The funnel-webs are now out with the recent rains, (and) they can go into people’s houses on the ground or from the roof.”