|VENOM TOXICITY - the Red-Back Spider can inflict a painful bite
which can be fatal, especially to the young and elderly. An effective
anti-venom was developed in 1956. About 250 people receive the anti-venom
Nerve poison - Only a small amount of venom can cause serious illness,
as the poison attacks the nervous system. Systemic envenomisation
usually results in headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain,
pyrexia, hypertension and in severe cases, paralysis.
Painful - The pain around the bite area can be excruciating.
First aid and medical attention (ambulance) should be sought
as soon as possible, if bitten.
Area of distribution - Australia-wide.
Spider Identification - size varies greatly - the male can be tiny, with the
abdomen of the female growing to the size of a large pea. Red-Back Spiders do
NOT always have a "red" marking.
Habitat - prefers dry habitats - often found
in out-houses, letter boxes, undersides of seats, in rubbish, such as
empty cans, in the sub floor and other dark areas. Electric lights attract
their prey - moths, flies, mosquitoes and other insects.
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