Monday, May 16, 2011
Some Nature Bites
While out walking, I came across this interesting spider web built into a fence.
If you dare, enlarge the picture and look inside. The owner is home. Roy took the close-up. I wasn't getting this close!
Here is an Internet picture of the Funnel-Web Grass Spider. My Internet research says that this spider typically stays inside its web, and only runs to the front of the web when it feels a vibration. It's web isn't sticky like most spider webs, and it depends on other bugs viewing the deck of the web as a nice place to sit awhile. It is not aggressive toward humans, but will bite given a chance. Here's what the Internet has to say about our reaction to its bite:
Symptoms of a Funnel Web Grass Spider Bite:
Unlike snake bites, the person feels great pain at the site of the bite.
Nausea and abdominal pain follow.
The person will also experience difficulty in breathing and a general weakness or numbness of the muscles.
The body also secretes heavily in several areas.
Profuse sweating is usually obvious, along with excessive saliva production.
Heavy coughing is also common.
Virtually all major hospitals in "Funnel-web Country" carry an effective anti-venom.
Provided a pressure/immobilisation method has been applied soon after the bite and medical attention sought quickly, a few days in the hospital is the usual outcome with complete recovery.
Here's a picture to clear your mind of that spider stuff! Look-up in the tree. Isn't this an interesting place for a cactus to grow? Bet you never thought you'd have to watch out for a cactus while climbing a tree!
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