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Old 01-21-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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I just saw an article about funnel webs in the suburbs of Sydney and wondered if seeing them in or around the home is commonplace or not so much. Here in the U.S. we have some deadly spiders as well, but you usually have to be digging around in a wood pile or some other dark undisturbed area to find them. Just curious.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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ahh that'd be where I live

I've never seen one in my home, although when i go for walks sometimes see massive webs with some sort spiders sitting there.... invariably that makes me RUN

Funnel Web spiders on the North Shore - Photos | North Shore Times


funnel web spider influx
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Never encouted one in the house up hear in Queensland. I did however have a very close run in with a funnel web when i was a child. Was playing in an outdoor sand pit when one craweld all the way up my leg. I had no idea what it was and just quickly brushed it of.
The offending spider was quickly killed and put in a bottle of something like metho to preserve it, that bottle sat in my bedroom for serveral years.
Ah memories!
Spiders dont scare me at all, at least the ones we get in Australia anyway.

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Old 01-22-2010, 05:44 AM
 
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Yeah - no Funnel Web spiders here in QLD Thank god!

They are super poisionous and deadly.

Not sure how common they are though - my husband was raised in Sydney and has plenty of friends and family there and I've never heard the spiders mentioned - I've only occasionally heard about them on TV.

Maybe they are rare?

We have bucket loads of Red Back Spiders though - very very common here in QLD.
Common everywhere here in OZ, I'm never surprised to see them.

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Old 01-22-2010, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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Never encouted one in the house up hear in Queensland. I did however have a very close run in with a funnel web when i was a child. Was playing in an outdoor sand pit when one craweld all the way up my leg..


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I had no idea what it was and just quickly brushed it of..
You mean, you ... touched it?????

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The offending spider was quickly killed and put in a bottle of something like metho to preserve it, that bottle sat in my bedroom for serveral years...
OMG! If I'd been your friend, I'd never have gone into your room! Ewwwwww!

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Ah memories!
Ah ... nightmares!

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Spiders dont scare me at all, at least the ones we get in Australia anyway.
Spiders scare me, especially the ones we get in Australia.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Subarctic maritime Melbourne
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Yeah - no Funnel Web spiders here in QLD Thank god!

They are super poisionous and deadly.

Not sure how common they are though - my husband was raised in Sydney and has plenty of friends and family there and I've never heard the spiders mentioned - I've only occasionally heard about them on TV.

Maybe they are rare?

We have bucket loads of Red Back Spiders though - very very common here in QLD.
Common everywhere here in OZ, I'm never surprised to see them.
No shortage of Redbacks here either...I've counted 15 in my backyard the other day...
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:35 AM
 
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I looked the Spider up and its mortality rate look likes its really young children, and really old people(Bless the one's that fell to the bites none the same).

I'd be pissed if it was like a guaranteed death if it you got bit by it, and it was common. Seems like its only common and it only hurts really bad if you get bitten, and Anti-venom is common. Thank God.

How often(If at all) do you see poisonous snakes like the Eastern Brown? The Eastern Brown actually fits the above. Its, a common species, and also one of the world's deadliest.
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:55 AM
 
Location: SE Queensland, Australia
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Not seen a funnel web here in QLD. There are some Red Back webs out in the garden (mostly around the fence) but we've never had one in the house, just a massive Huntsman that crept round the screen door one day. Spiders aren't that much of a problem, but then all the doors and windows are screened. Ants are a nuisance though if they get in the house - especially fire ants which can set up home in electrical equipment and are a notifiable pest so they're trying to eradicate them here.

We've plenty of ghekos, birds and a very tame (it waits for us to feed it) lizard which I think may be a water dragon as it loves swimming in the pool.



so spiders don't stand much of a chance round our place.

As for poisonous snakes, I've yet to see one but we have friends who live out in a heavily wooded area and they get them. I'm always careful if I'm moving stuff around in the shed just in-case something has set up home in there but have found nothing nasty, yet.

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Old 01-26-2010, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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Never seen one bar at the museum, or someone doing a deadly snakes and spiders public "show".
The Sydney Funnel Web, as the name suggests, is restricted to the Sydney area including the Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Hunter regions.
There are other subspecies of funnel webs that extend up to Toowoomba in Queensland, though are not as dangerous.
There have been no recorded fatalities for either funnel webs or red-backs since anti-venom became available in the 1980's.
Hence, there is nothing to fear, but due caution should always be taken.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:57 PM
 
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Never seen or heard of a Funnel Web spider in anyone's home or garden here in Victoria. (Well if you don't count those who keep them as pets! )

Mostly round here it's Redbacks and they're easy enough to manage seeing as we don't keep a lot of wood or metal piled up around the yard AND we are cautious around areas that we know Redbacks like to live.

I do know of people who have had Whitetails in their houses here but we haven't.

It's mostly Huntsmen and black house spiders and the odd Golden Orb in the garden but they're pretty harmless, although they can be a bit scary if you come across them suddenly or in the wrong place.
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