View Full Version : Hadronyche formidabilis , Aussie funnel web

Grant Miller
31-05-09, 09:33 AM
One of my Australian Northern tree dwelling F/W`s posturing for the camera .YouTube - Hadronyche formidabilis

Ian Hall
31-05-09, 10:21 AM
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.

Grant Miller
01-06-09, 05:18 AM
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 .

Phil Rea
01-06-09, 10:09 AM
Nice to see such a calm spider Grant :D

James Box
02-06-09, 12:23 PM
lovely spider!!! how big do they get? very impressive looking.
and so well-behaved:D

Grant Miller
03-06-09, 08:29 AM
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.