Garden Orb Weaving Spiders
  Garden Orb-Weaving Spiders...low risk - non-aggressive

Venom toxicity - the bite of Orb-Weaving Spiders is of low risk (not toxic) to humans. They are a non-aggressive group of spiders. Seldom bite. Be careful not to walk into their webs at night - the fright of this spider crawling over one's face can be terrifying and may cause a heart attack, particularly to the susceptible over 40 year olds.
Area of distribution - Australia-wide, particularly common in bushland along the eastern coastal areas.
Spider Identification - an adult is about 20 mm to 30 mm in body length - has a bulbous abdomen - often colorful - dark to light brown pattern. The common Golden Orb-Weaver Spider has a purplish bulbous abdomen with fine hairs.
Habitat - often found in summer in garden areas around the home - they spin a large circular web of 2 metres or more, often between buildings and shrubs, to snare flying insects, such as, flies and mosquitoes.
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Web Links to Common Australian Spiders and Venomous Spider Bites Advice

   Spiders Identification and Habitat
Some Local Australian Spiders - Fact Sheet
Spiders of the ACT - CSIRO
Common Spiders in the Darwin Area - NT Government
Funnel-web Spiders - Fact Sheet - Queensland Museum
Redback Spiders and Brown Widow Spiders - Fact Sheet - Queensland Museum
Huntsman Spiders - Fact Sheet - Queensland Museum
Golden Orb-weaving Spiders - Fact Sheet - Queensland Museum
Hidden Housemates: the Australian Redback Spider - Australian Geographic
Redback spiders - Schools Activites Resource - Pearson Australia
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   Venomous Spider Bites - First Aid & Treatment
Spiders - Victoria Dept of Health: Better Health Channel
A Clinician's Guide to Australian Venomous Bites and Stings
Spider Bite: First Aid - St John Ambulance
Spider Bites: Assessment and Management - Australian Family Physician
Spider Bite: A Current Approach to Management - Australian Prescriber
Funnel Web and Redback Spider Bites - First Aid Advice - Ambulance Services of NSW
Mouse Spider Bites and their Medical Importance - Medical Journal of Australia
Snakebite and Spiderbite Clinical Management Guidelines 2013 - NSW Dept of Health
Spider cleared of causing flesh-eating ulcer - News in Science - ABC TV
Venomous Bites & Stings - Victoria Health Dept
Summary FIRST AID Funnel Web / Mouse Spider Bites
Venomous Spider Bite Precautions - NSW Ambulance
Venomous Spider Bite First Aid - Dr GK Isbister, Charles Darwin University, NT
White Tailed Spider - First Aid - Victoria Health Dept
Red Back Spider Anti-venom - Victoria Health Dept
Funnel Web Spider Anti-venom - Victoria Heath Dept
First Aid - Spider Bites - Western Australia Govt
Funnel Web Spider bite clinical flow chart
First Aid - Bites & Stings - Queensland Health Dept
Poisonous Bites & Stings - Westmead Hospital NSW
Funnel Web Spider Bite - Pressure Immobilisation Method - Qld Health Dept
Funnelweb & Mouse Spider Bites - Australian Resuscitation Council
DRSABCD Resuscitation - NSW St Johns Ambulance
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