Australian parks warn of surge in dangerous funnel web spiders after rain

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. “

Australian parks warn of surge in dangerous funnel web spiders after rain

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. “

Australian parks warn of surge in dangerous funnel web spiders after rain

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.