Welcome to Spiderzrule!
This site was first established in 1996 when I was a Year 5 teacher at a school in Brisbane. Check out the counter at the top right of the banner - over 19 million visitors since those early days!! I created the site with photos, spider species that the students researched, and work sheets and other information so the students can complete the worksheets. Over the years, the site developed into one where people from all over the world emailed me with spider photos and I tried to identify them and posted their photos on the site along with their comments. There were over 200 pages in the original site and I have remade or combined, all of those pages - 164 pages and 44 lightboxes to be exact. In remaking the site, I have only reposted some of the best photos of each spider species, with all copyright still acknowledged, to show my viewers good examples of the spider they are looking for.
You can still email me 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 I can't!! I do answer all emails but I will only be publishing really good photos on this new site. 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!!
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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.
People often get "venomous" and "poisonous" mixed up when referring to a spider bite so I found this image on the left to help you remember! Spiders are venomous not poisonous!!!
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One of my viewers, Steve, has kindly sent in some great closeups of spiders. Check out the Closeups Page.
SPIDER BITE HOME GROWN REMEDIES:
Check out my 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 will always advocate going to your doctor for any bite that is not healing!! Click here for the page, click here 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. 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 page here. If I need research writing help, these experts will write my research paper about spiders. If you have any proven methods, please email me with them.
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.
"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 now have 2 pages - Spider Legends and Spider Superstitions for you to check out. If you have any to contribute, please email me and I'll add them to the pages.
EFFECT OF SPIDER BITES ON PETS:
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!!
"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 spider bites......" 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.
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.
Some photos that have been doing the rounds in an email of Australian spiders so I thought it would be fun to include them on my pages. We really do have spiders this big in Australia but with the exception of the Funnel web, all the others in the emails, are not dangerous. Click here.