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Record-Breaking Funnel Web Handed in to Reptile Park

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: November 13, 2021 3:40 pm

MEGASPIDER The Australian Reptile Park

MEGASPIDER, the largest funnel-web spider to ever be handed in to The Australian Reptile Park as part of their anti-venom program.

Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

The Australian Reptile Park have shared images of the largest Sydney funnel-web spider to ever be handed in as part of their anti-venom program.

Each week spiders are picked up from areas around Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle and taken to the Australian Reptile Park where they become part of the life-saving anti-venom program.

Keepers got a surprise when looking at recent collections though as they discovered the largest Sydney funnel-web spider ever handed in. Keepers have dubbed the arrival MEGAPSPIDER. It measures in at 8cm long, well above the 1-5cm average.

The 2cm long fangs of MEGASPIDER would be able to bite through the fingernail of a human.

Each year the Australian Reptile Park receive spiders which are safely captured by members of the public. These become part of the lifesaving anti-venom program. Spiders are milked and their venom is turned in to antivenom which saves 300 lives each year.

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The Australian Reptile Park is currently the only facility in Australia which milks these spiders for raw venom which can be made in to lifesaving antivenom.

Keepers are keen to discover where this spider came from as the same area may be home to more of these massive spiders which produce larger amounts of venom to supply the antivenom program.

Commenting on the hand-in, Michael Tate, Education Officer of the Australian Reptile Park said, “Having MEGASPIDER handed into the venom program is so amazing, in my 30+ years at the Park, I have never seen a funnel web spider this big! She is unusually large and if we can get the public to hand in more spiders like her, it will only result in more lives being saved due to the huge amount of venom they can produce. We are really keen to find out where she came from in hopes to find more MASSIVE spiders like her.”


Speaking about the drop off points “People can bring any collected spiders to the Reptile Park itself. However, if they can’t get to us, we have drop off zones around Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle and all facilities are provided with a spider safety kit to house the spiders until the Australian Reptile Park staff can come and pick them up each week.”

Learn more about The Australian Reptile Park on their website – The Australian Reptile Park

MEGASPIDER The Australian Reptile Park

MEGASPIDER, the largest funnel-web spider to ever be handed in to The Australian Reptile Park as part of their anti-venom program.

Photo Credit: The Australian Reptile Park

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