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Fauna - Spiders & Snakes

Fauna - Spiders & Snakes

Snakes

  • Queensland Reptile and Amphibian Club meets at the Queensland Museum, South Brisbane, Queensland, Theatre level 2 every 2nd Wednesday of every second month at 7.30pm. Contact Secretary Alma Searle¬† 3200 0266
  • If bitten:
  • assume venomous and phone 000 immediately
  • stay calm, and don't move as movement increases heart rate and causes lymph flow which carries the venom around the body
  • avoid washing the wound as hospitals can test the bandage for poison and may be able to identify the type of snake
  • bandage over the snake bit firmly and then work the bandage right up the limb
  • Snakes potentially resident in The Grove

    Spiders

    The Grove Spider Species

    On wall

      • Brown Huntsman. Ready biter. Mild local pain
      • Grey Huntsman Timid, biter, probably only mild local pain
      • Giant Green Huntsman. Timid, biter, probably mild local pain
      • Net-casting Spider. No bites recorded
      • Garden Orb-weaver. Hard, strong bite, readily delivered. Typically mild local pain for 30 minutes, atypically 3-4 hours strong pain
      • Shield Huntsman. Ready biter, large fangs. Mild to severe local pain often with temporary cardiac complications
      • Swift Ground Spider Mild local pain. Rover, very fast runner
      • White-tailed Spider Nip and run. Bites repeatedly. Usually mild local pain, redness, and a small local ulcer that clears up in a few days. More serious reactions claimed.
      • Black House Spider Nip and run. Mild to severe, considerable disagreement concerning severity. Infection a known problem needing medical management
      • Jumping Spider Rare biter, mild local pain

    Above ground

      • Trapdoor. Several families. Needs expert identification
      • Brisbane Brush-footed Trapdoor. Concealed tube with one or two trapdoors. No bites recorded
      • Wolf Spider Nip and run. Mild to local effects. Two species are predators on Cane Toads
      • Swift Ground Spider Mild local pain. Rover, very fast runner
      • White-tailed Spider Nip and run. Bites repeatedly. Usually mild local pain, redness, and a small local ulcer that clears up in a few days. More serious reactions claimed, such as necrotising arachnidism
      • Spotted Ground Spider. Mild local pain

    Below ground

      • Funnel-web. Severe, sometimes death. Males more venomous
      • Trapdoor. Several families. Needs expert identification
      • Brisbane Brush-footed Trapdoor. Concealed tube with one or two trapdoors. No bites recorded
      • Mouse Spider. "Bull-terrier" Very hard and deep but no significant reaction to venom.

    On vegetation

      • Slender Sac Spider. Mild to severe local pain
      • Net-casting Spider No bites recorded
      • Black House SpiderNip and run. Mild to severe, considerable disagreement concerning severity. Infection a known problem needing medical management
      • Flower Spider. Ready biter. Mild local pain
      • Triangular Spider Nip and run, held in. Mild local pain for about 30 minutes. Forms red welt and heat
      • Leaf Curling Spider. Mild local pain
      • Jumping Spider. Rare biter, mild local pain

    Circular web

      • Golden Orb-weaver. Bites only if forced
      • Jewelled Spider. Mild local pain
      • Garden Orb-weaver Hard, strong readily delivered bite. Typically mild local pain fro 30 minutes, atypically 3-4 hours strong pain
      • St Andrew's Cross Mild local pain.
      • Scorpion-tailed Spider. No bites recorded
      • Silver Orb Spider. No bites recorded
      • Grey House Spider. Mild local pain. No venom glands

    Tangled web

      • Net-casting Spider No bites recorded
      • Tent Spider. Bites only if forced. No effects
      • Daddy-long Legs. Easily kills redback and huntsman spiders coming into its web
      • Redback. Mild to severe (highly variable) including death. Typically intense local pain. Early medical attention
      • Brown Widow. Mild to severe local and generalised pain.
      • Comb-footed Spider. Mild local pain
      • Red House Spider Mild to severe local pain

    Funnel-shaped web

      • Tent Spider Bites only if forced. No effects
      • Black House SpiderNip and run. Mild to severe, considerable disagreement concerning severity. Infection a known problem needing medical management
      • Funnel-web Severe, sometimes death. Males more venomous
      • Redback Mild to severe (highly variable) including death. Typically intense local pain. Early medical attention
      • Russian Tent Spider
      • Tree-dwelling Funnel Web. Lethal to humans

    Other spiders

      • Magnificent Spider. No bites recorded
      • Bird-dropping Spider No bites recorded
      • Water Spider Mild local pain
      • Giant Water Spider timid, but probably causes mild local pain
      • Whip Spider No recorded bites
      • Two-spined Spider Mild local pain
      • Lynx Spider.¬† No bites recorded
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