Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Nasty Aussie expats

For a few years now there have been sightings of red back spiders in Dubai, and now they're apparently appearing in Abu Dhabi. So maybe they're all over the UAE now.

Pretty but nasty little critters, the females' body is only about 10mm long (the male is less than half the size), glossy black with a bright red stripe.

They're amongst our most dangerous spiders, although an antivenom is available and as a result there haven't been any deaths here for about half a century. Press reports say that UAE hospitals have it available.

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