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Thread: Hadronyche formidabilis , Aussie funnel web

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    Default Hadronyche formidabilis , Aussie funnel web

    One of my Australian Northern tree dwelling F/W`s posturing for the camera .[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AETJlLsm7Rc&NR=1"]YouTube - Hadronyche formidabilis[/ame]

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    That is an impressive looking spider! I would love to add one to my collection once I'm more experienced.

    Are they easy to come by? Maybe you could put a picture up of it's enclosure? Would be cool.
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    They are not all that easy to come by however a mate and myself do locate them fairly regularly in our area . This sp. was / is commonly found crawling out of logs at saw mills and timber yards that are situated within its home range and were / are quickly squashed by workers .
    I`ll post up a pic of its enclosure at a later date but think along the lines of an opportunistic T`s burrow (they will dig an obligate burrow aswell) but these must be kept below 25 degrees celcius and I often keep my funnel webs in an esky with a freezer block wrapped in a tea towel to keep them cold during hot periods.
    I dont think our Australian funnel webs can be exported out of Australia sorry .
    Last edited by Grant Miller; 01-06-09 at 05:19 AM. Reason: adding a bit to the reply.

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    Nice to see such a calm spider Grant

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    lovely spider!!! how big do they get? very impressive looking.
    and so well-behaved
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    There is a specimen in the Queensland museum with a legspan of 100mm and my mate has one with a legspan of 90mm and a body length of 50mm . The one in the video has an L/S of around 60mm so she is only half grown .
    Hadronyche formidabilis tackles large prey such as adult green tree frogs (get to the size of a mans palm) so they are incredibly strong and possibly why their venom acts so fast and is rated as the deadliest in the world , a severe envenomation by a big specimen can kill a healthy adult man in around 17 minutes or so (venom quantity in direct correlation with size of spider) yet even the bite from a small specimen would be no laughing matter either.

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