Spider Nightmare? Not For This Zoo...

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From The Sydney Morning Herald:

When a Newcastle resident found an odd sac in their garden, they decided to take the unusual object into The Australian Reptile Park for investigation.

The small white bag looked innocent enough, but what lay beneath was the stuff of nightmares.

Spider nightmare: a sac full of funnel webs

This funnel web spider video is what nightmares are made of 🕷 (Video courtesy of The Australian Reptile Park)

Posted by The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, January 15, 2018

Funnel webs are extremely aggressive spiders with a venomous bite. Each egg sac usually contains more than 100 spiders.

While this was an unwanted surprise for the resident, the egg sac was good news for the park.

The Australian Reptile Park is the only place in Australia that milks funnel webs for their venom, which is used to make anti-venom.

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