Deadly funnel webs sightings triggered by recent rains

Deadly funnel webs sightings triggered by recent rains
Deadly funnel webs sightings triggered by recent rains

- Funnel webs are native to the eastern coast of Australia, and live in burrows in the ground with 'funnel' entrances, often under rocks or logs

- They have long sharp fangs that can penetrate fingernails and even shoes, and when provoked rear up onto their hind legs and display their fangs

- The glossy dark-coloured spiders are active at night and after heavy rain, and grip their victims tightly while biting them repeatedly

- They are a medium to large spider with a body length of up to five centimetres, native to the eastern coast of Australia

- One member of the family is the highly venomous Sydney funnel web, Atrax

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