Monday, 22 April 2013

Check before swimming

This mornings check of the swimming pool to remove leaves showed another reason to have a close look before jumping in the pool.

Looking very much like a Funnel Web but not as aggressive, this is a male White Backed Mouse Spider Missulena bradleyi. It was one of three that I scooped out of the pool and although looking like they were dead after a very short while they recovered, although still quite slow. They are reportedly as venomous as Funnel Webs but a number of people have been bitten without any serious effects, however, I wouldn't put it to the test.

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