Australia is home to many dangerous and deadly species of spiders. Though Australia is infamous for venomous spiders, according to the experts you are more likely to die of a bee sting than a spider bite on Australian shores. The records shows that no one has died from a spider bite since 1981. Regardless, keeping track of these eight legged wonders is still important. Consequently, the land down under is getting a few more additions to the spider pile.
Australian researchers recently discovered 13 new spiders. The discoveries were made on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula during the “Bush Blitz” program, a series of regular wildlife expeditions that brings together researchers, rangers, and schoolteachers.
According to the Guardian, “a teacher who went on the trip, the new finds included tarantulas “as big as your hand” as well as a new species of saddleback trapdoor spider that looks like a wet latex glove fused to a shaved testicle. There was also this cuddly teddy bear, known as a racing stripe spider.
Additionally, It seems that some of the new species like to lurk underground in posh “silk-lined burrows” and the critter-hunters had to dig “20-30 cms” into the earth to uncover their arachnid treasures. There are more than 35,000 species of spiders worldwide a few thousand of which (including the most dangerous) are found in Australia. If you are worried about spider bites, get information and first aid tips from your local pest control professionals. Spiders can be a nuisance in the home. Attracted to warm, dark, small spaces, like wall cracks, corners, air vents, and in the eaves of your home, they can go undetected. Other species prefer to stay closer to the outdoors, weaving their webs in your garden or near your outside lighting.