Anonymous asked: I'm going to Australia soon and I'll be there in the summer months. More specifically, I'll be on the East coast (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) I don't have a fear of spiders but I don't like the idea being bitten repetitively with scary fangs in my sleep... how scared should I be??
Well Australia seems to have deadliest anything it would seem as my Austrailan followers will be well aware, the most prominent arachnid “threat” would be from the funnel web spider
These cute pudgy guys are only toxic to people oddly enough, and they’re mainly dangerous (using that term only because they could possibly kill you) is that they like to hide, and if you leave your shoes laying around they think it’s a good place to hide and then people put their feet in and get bitten because the spider feels like it needs to protect itself, it unfortunate. So always check your shoes no matter where you leave them, and look where you put your hands or where your going to sit just to be on the safe side, according to this site “Funnel-web spider bites are extremely painful. They usually cause tingling or numbness in the mouth or lips within 10 - 15 minutes. These bites can be very dangerous, and have been known to cause all of the following symptoms" there is a very long list on the site. They are usually not deadly if medical care is sought quickly enough and also depends on your age, height and weight. So I’d say just be careful period in Australia as it’s a beautiful country (i’ve always wanted to go) but full of animals with the equipment to make you very sick or kill you in 2 mins (like the box jelly).
have fun and stay safe!