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Today, I was just relaxing on the table, when suddenly a stupid girl picked me up and thought I was a fake spider, when clearly I am the real one. Then she threw me away screaming, so much for relaxing. FML

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Somehow I think if the OP was scared of spiders, they wouldn't have been studying dead insects. Unless they were forced to, but then I think that they'd probably not have gone near the stray on in the first place.

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The Redback Spider has been responsible for 14 deaths in Australia. There's an antivenin now, but they still need to be treated with a reasonable amount of respect. Funnily enough, they're not the scariest spiders in Australia, just somewhat deadly.

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@51 I hope you realize some people are deathly afraid of spiders, even if they're dead. I'm sure you have some type of fear so don't go call people a "pussy" for being afraid of something.

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red backs kill the elderly or very young. you might throw up and get a fever but an ice pack on the wound is the best course of action. The red back is no where near the worst. We have the most venomous snake (eastern/western taipan) but I don't think we have the worst spider

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we do have the most deadliest spider, the funnel-web spider is in the top four, for the most deadliest spiders of the world, and can kill you in a matter of hours if, when If bites you, it releases venom, which it sometimes doesn't. But there hasn't been many deaths since the antivenin was made years ago. :3

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some people have severe arachnaphobias, I'm one of them tbh, i don't go near FAKE ones because I get panic attacks, it's a common fear, fuck up and learn something, k?

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Thats not very polite.  Maybe instead of getting angry, you should try backing up your argument with actual facts.  I say black widows aren't that bad because they have a neurotoxin in their venom that is pretty toxic, but isn't likely to kill an adult with a healthy immune system.  The species hasn't killed a single person in the US since the 1980's when they started keeping records.  They have a bad reputation, merely because they are the second most venomous spider in the states.  Our spider

Shouldn't you know how to deal with such spiders? Or at least, I'm guessing you knew it was poisonous, which means that you should know to check before you pick it up.

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Very few Australians wouldn't know a red back is poisoness but that doesn't mean we know how to handle them. Keeping the nature if the science lab in mind, I think this is a reasonable mistake. Although highly venomous, it's not extremely common so it's a mighty coincidence to see a living one while doing a lab on spiders.

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I'm not saying the OP should know every detail about handling things, but if I encountered a poisonous spider, I think I'd check it was dead before going to pick it up with my hands. Maybe that's just me though.

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