Australia has finally had a “timely rain” after months of devastating wildfires, according tomedia CNET. But wet and warm weather brings new hazards: potentially deadly funnel-shaped spiders. The Australian Reptile Park posted a warning about spiders on Facebook on Tuesday. “Recent wet weather conditions and hot weather have created ideal conditions for funnel web spider activity,” the park said. “
Funnel web spiders are one of Australia’s most toxic spiders, and the park named a giant, venomous funnel web spider “Colossus” last year. “There are many kinds of funnel-web spiders in Australia, but only male Sydney funnel web spiders are killed,” the Australian Museum said in a spider introduction. So far there have been only 13 deaths from male Sydney funnel web spiders, but as many as 30-40 people are bitten by funnel web spiders each year. “
The park requires people to bring the captured male funnel web spider. Experts there will collect spider venom to create life-saving anti-snake venom.
The park released video sings some tips for safely catching spiders using cans and spoons.