Sydney funnel-web spider
Spiders give most of us the creeps, but thankfully, for the majority of us, we don’t have to contend with spiders that want to kill us. But spare a thought for those living in New South Wales on the east coast of Australia, because this is home to the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge’ and the Sydney funnel-web spider.
This spider gets its name from the fact that they bury themselves in a funnel shaped silk web, presumably to hide out and pounce on unsuspecting passers-by from their under-rock or hole-in-a-tree lair. To be fair to the Sydney funnel-web spider, most of the time, they’ll choose to pounce on passing beetles, cockroaches, snails and small frogs and lizards.
But, venom-wise, they’re capable of killing a human. Or rather, the venom of the male Sydney funnel-web spider has deadly venom. The female is a lot more chilled out. A bite from the male (their fangs can penetrate leather and fingernails) will leave you intoxicated by a deadly neurotoxin that will result in vomiting, breathing trouble, muscle spasms and drooling, all within ten to 30 minutes. Thankfully, there is an antivenom, but it’ll need to be administered pretty speedily.