This was in my house today.
Do you know what this is? A Red-back spider. I was having a very lovely day; down to Collingwood Farm in the morning, late afternoon play with a local expat mum and thinking I was getting the hang of this Australia thing. Then it appeared. Claire was looking for her “baby” horse. I moved a toy bin, reached under the TV console and there it was, hanging limp in a dusty web. The plastic “baby” horse was beneath it. It was dead. (I suppose “baby” horse won this fight.) I saw a red marking on its back and, after researching spiders earlier on our Australian adventure, it looked familiar.
I further confirmed it on a website with the heading: “Red-back spiders… highly venomous – can be deadly.” Fabulous. At least anti-venom is readily available.
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