Redback Spider

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It’s been a while since I posted a video online on a Friday, so I thought today I would fix that. I could have shown you a video of a woman throwing a shark out of a seaside rock pool, like this… But then I discovered that this same video has been plastered over [...]

funnel web

Having broken the silence a couple of articles back to start talking about Australia’s Bag Things in my column for Australia and New Zealand magazine, I found I could no longer stop. I was singing like a bird, which reminds me, I must tell them about the cassowary. Anyway, after opening the can of worms [...]


A response to recent research on the subject. Australia has been referred to in the past by some as “Venomland’; not surprising as we have some of the world’s most venomous snakes, we have venomous spiders, venomous jellyfish, venomous ticks, venomous octopus and we even have the world’s most venomous mammal. Image courtesy of Wikipedia More [...]

redback spider

I think you know what’s coming. But before that, an important message. I realise that some of you may have found this page because you have just been bitten by a Redback Spider and you want to know what to do. You are looking for urgent medical advice. Here it is… On with the post. [...]

not a funnel web spider

Many people would love to live in Australia and dream of moving here at some point. But also for many the fear of snakes and spiders in Australia may just be enough to put them off the idea. So what’s it really like when you do live in Australia? Acclimatisation – getting used to Australian [...]

australian spiders

Two weeks ago in my post about spiders I gave you the bad news. Today as promised, although one week later than expected due to the Giant Bull Ant invasion, I give you the good news. Good News about Spiders #1 I have never yet met a spider who didn’t think that it became invisible [...]


Do you want the good news or a bad news first? Okay, let’s start with the bad news. Australia has spiders, lots of them. Some of them can kill you. So as far as bad news goes, I guess that’s pretty bad. When we first moved into our house, it was like a baptism of [...]