Some of the deadliest groups among them are to be found in Australia, where the funnel-web spiders
and mouse spiders are particularly notorious.
Medic Bob McCarron said: "We had to remove three pythons and two killer funnel-web spiders
Melbourne, Oct 24 (ANI): Venom from funnel-web spiders
and tarantulas could be used to kill breast cancer cells, Australian researchers say.
I'mWelsh born and reared and, though I curse lashing rain arm in arm with a whistling wind, while being inconvenienced by them, I also appreciate the fact that they keep my homeland free of the Anopheles mosquito, scorpions, killer snakes, funnel-web spiders
, chigger and tumbler flies, to say nothing of nocturnal mosquitonets and barracudas off Barry Island.
Professor Glenn King from the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience has isolated insect-specific neurotoxins from the venom of Australian funnel-web spiders
However, it has been estimated that approximately 2,000 people are bitten each year by redback spiders and up to 30-40 people are bitten each year by funnel-web spiders
And he pointed out the job would have its drawbacks - and not just in terms of Sydney's deadly funnel-web spiders
Male funnel-web spiders
seem to be wafting some kind of knockout gas toward the females they court--a tricky gambit since a laboratory test shows the substance can also knock out the male.
The most poisonous of Australia's 30 venomous arachnids, funnel-web spiders
inject a powerful toxic agent that can kill a child within 15 minutes and an adult within 90.
Black Widows, funnel-web spiders
, scorpions and were uncovered in Carlow by the National Exotic Animal Sanctuary in recent weeks.
Am now scared of funnel-web spiders
, box jellyfish, blue ringed octopus, paralysis ticks and stone fish.
McCarron admits there are also more funnel-web spiders
and ticks and leeches have been giving his crew problems.