HIGHLY VENOMOUS - DANGEROUS - CAN BE DEADLY
Toxicity of venom - the Red-Back Spider can inflict a painful bite which can be fatal, especially to the young and elderly.
An effective anti-venom was developed in 1956.
Only a small amount of venom can cause serious illness, as the poison attacks the nervous system.
Medical attention should be sought as soon as possible.
Area of distribution - found across Australia, including Tasmania.
Habitat - this spider prefers dry habitats is often found in out houses, letter boxes, undersides of seats, in rubbish, such as empty cans, in the sub floor and other dark areas.
Electric lights attract their prey - moths, flies, mosquitoes and other insects.
Size - it's body size can vary greatly ... up to the size of a large pea.
The distinctive red-back marking may not always be present.
The red-back spider is generally recognised to be the same species as the USA "black widow" spider and the New Zealand "katipo" spider.
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