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Brace Yourself to Check Out These 10 Creepiest Aussie Spiders

Australia has gained a reputation as one of the richest nations — when it comes to deadly pests popping up around the house. Despite that venomous reputation, fatal spider bites are rare in Australia.
In fact, April 2016 marked the first spider-caused death since the last incident, which was in 1981. And, although a professional Pest Control service can provide some assurance and can be covered legally for its operation and its services, there can be no guarantees if one of these nasty critters finds its way into your home.
So, for those wanting to at least be able to identify the danger of these harrowing arachnid reputation Down Under -brace yourself to check out 10 deadly spiders you need to watch out for in Australia.

1. Sydney Funnel-web Spider

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Possibly the deadliest spider in the world, a Sydney Funnel-web produces venom in large amounts with fangs the same size to match.
They might not often be found, but when they are, it’s best not to provoke them since their venom alters the nervous system or even causes death.

2. Tree Funnel-web Spiders

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Six out of 40 reported funnel-web species are capable of causing severe damage with their venom, especially around northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.
While about 40 people are bitten by these spiders annually, antivenom has proven very useful and effective at counteracting the poison.

3. Redback Spider

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While its venom is capable of affecting the human nervous system, the redback spider’s small fangs greatly reduce the efficiency of the poison. Still, a bite can result in chronic pain lasting up to several days.

4. Mouse Spider

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A mouse spider’s venom is similar to what you’d find in funnel-web spiders. Fortunately, no fatalities have been attributed to it, partly thanks to antivenom for funnel-web spiders that is also effective for this species.

5. Trapdoor Spiders

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These spiders like to hide right behind their burrow’s entrance, luring possible prey nearby before pouncing onto them and claiming their next meal.
Trapdoor spiders look similar to the dangerous funnel-web spiders, raising alarm whenever they are seen. Fortunately, their venom does not cause much harm other than nausea and swelling.

6. White-tailed Spiders

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Rather than spinning webs, white-tailed spiders hunt and prey on other spiders. They tend to hunt at night, and white-tailed spiders are partial to black house spiders for their prey.
Because these spiders wander around a lot, it’s not surprising to find them between towel folds or inside shoes, leading to higher bite statistics.

7. Australian Tarantulas

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Sporting the long and hairy legs typical of most tarantula species, the Australian tarantula also has a large set of fangs that cause painful but non-fatal bites to humans.
In fact, Australian tarantulas have such a huge bite they have been known to prey on lizards, frogs and at rare times, bird hatchlings. You might hear a whistling or barking sound when these spiders rub their front limbs against their jaws.

8. Recluse Spiders

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You might also know recluse spiders as fiddleback spiders. This spider’s venom carries haemotoxic properties that damage your blood and your skin.
Nevertheless, these spiders are not considered very dangerous since their small set of fangs serve only to inject their venom into small prey rather than to bite a person.

9. Huntsman Spiders

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Spanning up to 15 inches across, a Huntsman spider can scare the living hell out of people.
In fact, the spiders are more likely to cause harm by entering random cars and racing across the dashboard than by biting or injecting venom. The particular habit just might have scared drivers into a car crash or two.

10. Garden Orb Weaver Spider

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As its name indicates, this spider is often found in gardens, spinning its intricate orb-shaped web to catch its prey. The spider tends to weave its web close to bright areas where insects are usually attracted, explaining its choice to reside among the greeneries.
Sure, the garden orb weaver is the Australian spider most common to bite, but its venom results only in localised pain in humans.