“The upcoming warm weather and high humidity are perfect conditions for a funnel-web spider boom in the coming days,” said the head of the Australian Reptile Park, Tim Faulkner.
The floods in the Sydney region had driven the animals from their traditional habitats and sought refuge in drier areas. “Unfortunately, this could mean that they could find their way into apartments and houses very soon,” warned Faulkner. In the past few days, images of thousands of spiders had already spread on the Internet, crawling up close to fences and buildings while fleeing the water.
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Sydney funnel-web spiders are some of the most venomous spiders in the world and make their home in the Sydney region. So far, 13 deaths from funnel-web spider bites have been recorded. There have been no known deaths since an antidote program was introduced in the early 1980s.
The Australian Reptile Park, north of Sydney – which produces the antidote – called on people “who dare to do it” to catch wandering funnel-web spiders and deliver them to collection points.
The AAP news agency reported that around 24,000 people have been brought to safety since the weekend. According to the Meteorological Authority, the water level in some communities had not yet reached its peak. While the clean-up began in some areas, “life will not be normal for many people for a long time,” said Berejiklian.
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