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Melbourne's Spiders

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Red-back spider


White tail spider

White tail spiders

Famous for supposedly causing large skin ulcerations and necrosis, white tail spiders are a concern for many people. The truth is that the spider’s bite will generally only cause a small swelling which may blister. The more dramatic reaction is possibly caused by a micro-organism which may be carried on the fangs of the spider. The reported necrotic reactions have only occurred on a very small number of people. White Tails eat other spiders, particularly Black House spiders.

Visit the Victorian Spiders database for more details.

Brown House spider

Bird Dropping spider

Funnel-web spider

Golden Orb spider

Leaf Curling spider

Melbourne Trapdoor spider

Red and Black spider

Red-back spider

White Flower spider

White Tail spider

Wolf spider

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