By shaunaaa - 17/02/2011 10:39 - Australia
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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
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
Redback spiders are highly poisonous and are known to kill humans. =/
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 venom is pitiful in comparison to the venom of their Australian relatives. I'm therefore going to make the inference that a black widow is nothing compared to a red-back, although I could be wrong, because as I said, I know nothing about red-backs.
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.
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.