Australians warned to prepare for a gigantic influx of hunting spiders this summer: ‘They are bigger and there are more of them than ever before’
- Arachnophobes have been warned of an invasion of large, hairy hunting spiders
- The hot and humid climate is ideal for them, especially with many sources of food around.
- South East Queenslanders told to watch out for influx of hunters
Arachnophobes across Australia are in for their worst nightmare this summer as experts warn of an influx of huge, hairy hunting spiders.
Southeast Queenslanders have been especially warned to be vigilant, as the warmer weather and endless rain help spiders thrive in perfect conditions and grow larger than before.
The hot and humid climate has also increased the “abundance of game” for hunters.
“Having many adult hunters at this time reflects a good breeding season, which means that the last year or two have provided the perfect weather conditions for breeding and abundance of prey,” said arachnologist Dr. Jeremy Wilson. mail.
“Because there has been more game around, those hunters will be even larger than normal, these years of perfect conditions have resulted in larger specimens.”
A huge huntsman spider outside an Australian house. Their numbers are skyrocketing right now.
The good news is that despite their threatening behavior, huntsman spiders are not considered dangerous.
The bad news is that they can still bite, however their venom does little to humans.
“As with most spiders, (hunter spiders) possess venom, and a bite can cause some ill effects,” says the Australian Museum.
“However, they are quite reluctant to bite and will usually try to run away rather than be aggressive.”
Hunters also eat other more annoying and creepy critters around houses such as mosquitoes, flies, and sometimes much larger creatures like lizards.
Their prey is not caught in a web, but stalked and cornered with stealth and speed.
Huntsman’s fangs are large and powerful, holding their prey until immobilized by its venom.
There are better ways to get rid of huntsman spiders than the option seen in this image.
Australians have been warned to prepare for an influx of huntsman spiders (pictured) this summer
The message from the experts is not to be afraid of spiders because they don’t want to hurt you.
If you find one in your house and want it outside, it’s pretty easy to catch it using some cardboard and a container.
But when you see a hunter inside your house a few hours later, it may or may not be the same creature you moved outside earlier.
Jake Gray found a huge huntsman spider (pictured) on the wall of his Cairns home in north Queensland and said it has been living there for about a year.
Far more worrisome, however, is the news that the number of funnel-web spiders will also skyrocket during the summer.
Funnel webs are considered the most dangerous spiders in the world and their venom is extremely toxic.
At least 13 Australians have died from funnel-web spider bites, yet there have been no deaths since the creation of an antidote in 1981.
The Australian Reptile Park said ‘perfect’ wet weather and wet weather conditions at the start of their mating season will see a massive increase in their numbers.
Funnel nets are found mainly on the east coast of Australia in dense brush or under rocks and logs.
But sometimes they can also be found in gardens, garages, and even on shoes.
Huntsman spiders are large, long-legged spiders. They are mostly gray to brown in color, sometimes with banded legs.
They are commonly found living under the loose bark of trees, in crevices in rock walls and in logs, under rocks and slabs of bark on the ground, and in foliage.
Many hunting spiders have rather flattened bodies adapted to living in tight spaces under loose bark or rock crevices.
This is aided by its legs which, instead of bending vertically in relation to the body, have twisted joints so that they extend forward and laterally like a crab.
Huntsman spiders of many species sometimes enter homes.
They are also known to break into cars and be found hiding behind sun visors or running across the dashboard.
Source: Australian Museum