Thursday, November 08, 2007

Red back

Last weekend I found (and killed) a red back spider in the lounge room; as far as I can remember its the first time I've ever seen one alive. Mum & Dad fumigated the house on Tuesday...

5 comments:

anita said...

the total count of redbacks so far is 4

after the fumigators eddie started collecting dead cockroaches in the back of his dump truck

becca said...

that is SO cute - good for eddie.

are redbacks really poisonous? is it normal to have that many around?

Sam said...

oh my goodness! i don't think i've ever seen a redback.

my love, red backs are REALLY poisonous.

Sam said...

oh my goodness! just as well they're leaving port! i don't think i've ever seen a redback.

my love, red backs are REALLY poisonous.

Benjamin Ady said...

wow. way to go anita finding them and killing them! I was reading the wiki article and they are certainly very poisonous (they produce a neurotoxin which is active in humans called alpha-latrotoxin). But apparently death from red back bite is extremely rare and while the symptoms related to a bite can be really uncomfortable, it's not *super* dangerous. They apparently have a fairly widely available antivenom which is really effective. Not that I would find that super comforting if I felt like my girliculas were being threatened. Yikesola.

On the other hand, the spider strikes me as pysically very beautiful. Maybe I'm just creepy =)