Australian Funel-Web Spider


Meet 'Hercules,' the Largest Male Funnel-Web Spider Ever Found

Here we are going to give you a very interesting information, With fangs that could pierce a human fingernail, the largest male specimen of the world’s most venomous arachnid has found new home for him at the Australian Reptile Park where it will help save lives after a member of the public discovered it by chance. That name is “Hercules”.

The potentially deadly Sydney funnel-web spider dubbed “Hercules” was found by researchers on the Central Coast (Australia) , about 80km north of Sydney, after catching it was initially given to a local hospital, it was said by the Australian Reptile Park in a statement.

Spider experts from the nearby park retrieved this and very soon they realised it was the largest male specimen ever received from the public in the country  of Australia.

From foot to foot the spider measures 7.9cm (3.1 inches), that measurement is surpassing the park’s previous record-holder from 2018, the male funnel-web named “Colossus”. But now “Hercules” have set new record. 

The biggest funnel-web spider donated to the well known Park of Australia that name is Australian Reptile Park and this park was a female measuring 8cm from foot to foot – comparable to a tarantula. It was found in 2021 by Spider experts and given the name “Megaspider”.

Sydney funnel-web spiders usually range in length from 1-5cm, with females being generally larger in size than their male counterparts but not as deadly. They are predominantly found in suburban gardens and forested areas from Sydney, that are the most populous city of Australia, to the coastal city of Newcastle in the north and the Blue Mountains to the West.

“Hercules” newly found spider will contribute to the reptile park’s antivenom program. Safely captured spiders handed in by the public undergo “milking” to extract venom, essential for producing life-saving antivenom.

“We’re used to having pretty big funnel-web spiders donated to the park, however receiving a male funnel-web this big is like hitting the jackpot,” Emma Teni, a spider keeper at Australian Reptile Park, said on Thursday.

“Whilst female funnel-web spiders are venomous, males have proven to be more lethal. With having a male funnel-web this size in our collection, his venom output could be enormous, proving incredibly valuable for the park’s venom program.”

Since the inception of the program in 1981, there has not been a fatality in Australia from a funnel-web spider bite.

Recent rainy, humid weather along Australia’s east coast has provided the ideal conditions for funnel-web spiders to thrive.

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