Welcome to my Spider Pages. Here you'll find a huge amount of
information and pictures about spiders - from the deadliest
funnel web spider to the harmless garden orb weaver.
send in your spider
photos as well and I'll see if I can identify them for you and post
them on the unidentified Spider Photos pages if
NEW: Just for my
North American viewers, here's a page with the ten creepiest spiders
in North America. Also makes for good reading as well as some
Click the photo for the page:
QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
Here's a Quick Reference Guide
to Spiders and their bites and symptoms. The Quick Reference Guide has a pop up box with info about
the spider's bite, symptoms and treatment. Check it out
here. There are in depth
articles on the
Spider Bite Treatment page.
NICE CLOSEUPS - One
of my viewers, Steve, has kindly sent in some great closeups of spiders.
Check out the Closeups Page.
If you'd care to make a donation to help keep
these pages going, there's a Paypal button below. All donations are gratefully accepted!!
Due to the overwhelming
number of emails and spider photos I am being sent, I can only
publish those that are really clear and give a good example of that
particular type of spider. I'll still answer all emails but I am
sorry if yours doesn't get published.
Please make sure your photos are
clear and show distinguishing features like patterns, eyes etc.
I can't ID a spider from a brown blur sorry, so please don't waste
my time or yours with photos that I can't see properly. Thanks!!
An old friend has had a spider named after him after discovering
this new species in a local creek. Click
here for a photo and more info.
EFFECT OF SPIDER BITES
I'm often asked about spider bites and pets so have
done some research for this page. There is some
interesting and maybe helpful info here, so please check it out!!
IMPORTANT - SPIDER
Photos not taken by me are copyright to their owners. Persons wishing to use photos please
email me and
I will attempt to connect you with the contributor.
A great way to share your spider photos and maybe
have them identified by others, is to check out my Facebook page. I
regularly post spiders around my home and identify spiders for people
who post them on the page as well as post interesting spider related
pages and articles.
SPIDER BITE HOME
I have started a new page of home grown
remedies for spider bites. Often these old time treatments have been
passed down through the generations from before it was common to go to a
doctor and often they worked well!! But we must also remember that
sometimes they didn't!! So while I am publishing them here, I take no
responsibility for anyone who tries them and they don't work!!
I am still and will always advocate going to your
doctor for any bite that is not healing!!
here for the page,
to send in any remedies.
HOW TO GET RID OF SPIDERS:
I get many emails asking me how to get rid of spiders in the home
as understandably, a lot of people have a great fear of spiders.
are an important part of the food chain, getting rid of unwanted insects
and being food themselves for birds and other animals, so I don't really
advocate removing them.
However, I decided to do some research and find
some ways that people have found to keep spiders out of their house and
included them on a new page here.
If you have any proven methods, please
email me with them.
"I have felt tired with some back and headaches together with
giddiness but put this down to jet lag and back to workitis. I would
appreciate your advice as a friend has suggested that they could be
I quite often receive emails like this one
and cannot stress strongly enough how important it it to
seek medical advice for any suspected bite or sting that
causes a reaction. I am not a doctor, just a teacher
in Australia, so have absolutely no qualifications to give
advice on medical situations!! Please see your doctor!!
I must also
stress the fact that any bite can be dangerous, as even the most
harmless of spiders can have an adverse affect on certain people.
Any spider bite you are concerned about, should be reported to your doctor.
VENOMOUS OR POISONOUS?
Just to straighten out a common misconception!!
Just about all spiders are venomous NOT poisonous. Most have
venom that has little or no affect on humans.
The Uloborids (Arenea: Uloboridae) have no venom glads at all.
if you ate it, you would get sick, venomous means that it injects its
venom into your blood stream and this can cause a bad bite or severe
reaction if allergic.
These photos are doing the rounds in an email
and I thought they'd be a great addition!!
Click here for the photos. All copyright is
Flying spiders? All across central Texas there have been
millions of spider webs flying thru the sky.
Scott Lawrence from Snerdey Webs has a video of them to share.
"If you wish to live and thrive, Let a
spider run alive" - so says an
old English saying.
This started a search for more
spider legends and superstitions so I have now added 2 new
If you have any to contribute, please
me and I'll add them to the pages.
Check out the photo to the right,
here's one to feed those arachnophobic's nightmares!! Not real of
course!!! Thanks Yanik for the photo!!
People often ask about spider
bite symptoms and treatment so I have added a page with symptoms of some
of the most dangerous spiders in the United States and some not so
dangerous ones, as well as the treatment for them.
Please remember to
see your doctor for any bite that is worrying you.
Click here for Spider Bites, Symptoms and Treatment.
I had quite a few queries about Daddy Long Legs' Venom and the
different types of Daddy Long Legs.
Click here for the answer kindly
provided by the Australian Museum.
Some pictures and information on these pages have been
adapted, with permission from Steve Parish's wonderful
publication: "Amazing Facts About Australian Insects and
Spiders". Available at all good bookstores.
the chart for a page from
with spider charts for both Australia and USA which have
spider identification of venomous and dangerous spiders.
here for a small version of the chart you can get free
on their pages.
Check out YouTube's video of the effects of drugs on
Golden Silk Orb weaver eats snake.
Click here for the story from Ch. 9
COURIER MAIL: - An Alice
Springs man bitten on the bottom more than 20 times by a Redback
spider. Go to our
- Spider snacks on snake.
Click here for the full story
SPIDERS IN AMBER:
I have been sent some nice photos of spiders in amber.
They are available to buy too!!
Finally something to think about from one of our visitors. If only
we all had this attitude and took the time........Click
MORE INTERESTING NEWS:
Scientists have crossed a
spider with a goat!
Out of the mouths of babes!! - Click for more.
Click any of the hoaxes below for the truth about them.
Brown Recluse in Australia
Exploding Cactus Spider Hoax
Brown Recluse Bite Photos
If you find any others please
send them in.