Woman Finds Twenty Venomous Spiders In Her Pool

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Suffer from arachnophobia? If so, Australia may not be the place you want to go for your next vacation.

Lauren Merritt, a resident of Darwin, found twenty venomous mouse spiders at the bottom of her pool. It’s warming up down under, and Australian authorities have warned citizens to be extra cautious of venomous spiders as spring and summer begin to set in.

The mouse spider isn’t aquatic, but it can live for 24 hours underwater.


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Many people who see these spiders in the bottom of their pools assume that they’re dead, but that can be a painful mistake.

The abdomen of a mouse spider can be black or dark blue, and may have a white or light gray patch on top. Its head is very wide, black or red, and shiny, and its eyes and jaws are either orange red or bright red. If you think you may have encountered a mouse spider, assume that you have–there’s no need to get closer to find out for sure.


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While mouse spiders aren’t as aggressive as other varieties of arachnids found in Australia, they won’t hesitate to come after humans if they feel threatened, and their fangs pack quite a punch.

If you’re bitten by a mouse spider, it’s essential to seek medical attention right away, as an untreated bite can cause serious illness.

Find out more about the mouse spider by watching the video below.

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