Australian bushfires are creating ideal breeding conditions for one of the world’s most dangerous spiders.
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In US news and current events today, Australia’s most venomous spiders are breeding more due to the country’s bushfires.
As if Australia didn’t have enough to worry about, residents are now being warned of a new danger: funnel-web spiders. The arachnids are considered one of the most dangerous spiders in the world. According to a spokesman at the Australian Reptile Park, the recent rains and hot days in the country following the devastating bushfires have contributed to increased funnel-web spider activity, particularly male spiders which are looking for females to mate with.
Rumsey said the Australian Reptile Park developed an anti-venom to give to people bit by funnel-web spiders. He’s asking
Australian adults to safely capture the funnel-web spiders if you come across one and bring it to the park so more anti-venom antidotes can be made.
Rumsey said the treatment for a funnel-web bite is to put pressure on the wound, immobilize the bitten body part, and seek medical attention as soon as possible. He said there hasn’t been a death from a funnel-web spider bite since the early 1980s.
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