Sunday, July 15, 2007

Atrax Robustus

Look who joined us for a swim in our pool this weekend...

From Wikipedia;

'The Sydney Funnel Web spider should not be handled without taking substantial precautions, because their fangs have been known to penetrate soft shoes...deaths may occur within a period ranging from 15 minutes to three days....'

Australia's wildlife is very culturally diverse - there are thousands of the bastards that would kill you in a heartbeat. However, the funnel web spider is different. Most of the nasties run a mile if they see you coming. If you disturb one of these hoodlums, it will rear up on its hind legs and take you on - despite only growing to 3 inches.