VENOMOUS - CAN CAUSE SEVERE SICKNESS
The bite of the Black House Spider is poisonous but not lethal.
Certain people bitten experience severe pain around the bite site, heavy sweating, muscular pains, vomiting, headaches and giddiness.
Medical attention should be sought as soon as possible.
Area of distribution - found across Australia, including Tasmania.
Size - the size of an adult is about 15 mm in body length.
The black house spider spins a lacy, messy web and is of a black velvet textured appearance.
Habitat - this spider prefers dry habitats and a secluded position.
Black house spiders are commonly found by home-owners in window framing, under eaves, gutters, in brickwork and among rocks and bark.
Electric lights attract their prey - moths, flies, mosquitoes and other insects.
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