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Redback Spiders Western Sydney

Redback Spiders  Western Sydney

 

Redback Spiders Western Sydney
Redback Spiders Western Sydney

 

Redback spiders also known as Latrodectus Hasselti come from the family of Theridiidae and is a native spider here in Australia.

Unfortunately, Redback Spiders Western Sydney is known to pack a punch of a bite if bitten and their venom has the capabilities to kill a human if not treated. (Did you know that antivenom was made in 1956).

Only the female Redback Spider can deliver a very painful bite, whereas the male Redback Spider don’t usually bite humans unless provoked.

Many poets and songwriters have made this feisty little Redback Spiders Sydney famous.

So, what is a Redback Spiders Western Sydney?

Female Redback Spiders can sometimes be a brown colour, but they are more commonly black with a nice red or orange stripe on their upper and below abdomen.

Male Redback Spiders do have the traditional red to orange markings, but it is not a prominent as the female Redback spider, sometimes the male can be a light brown with white Markings.

Habitat Redback Spiders Western Sydney

Redback spiders tend to live in messy webs which will generally be sticky, so it can catch its prey.

They can build their webs just about on anything and anywhere and can be in unsuspecting places such as a outside toilet.

Redback Spiders  prefers sheltered and dry areas such as rocks, shrubs, logs, piles of debris and junk, sheds and it is becoming more bolder by coming inside of our homes or businesses.

 

Redback Spiders Western Sydney
Redback Spiders Western Sydney

 

Breeding behaviours Redback Spiders Western Sydney

The male Redback Spider don’t create a web but rather they can be found on the corners of a female Redback Spider.

The male Redback Spider will actively assist the female Redback Spider in what is called the sexual cannibalism when mating.

Male Redback Spider will place his abdomen over the female redback spiders’ mouthparts and she will consume all of the male redback spiders most of the time, any males that do survive the mating ritual will generally succumb to their injuries and die a short time after the mating ritual has taken place.

Lifecycle Redback Spiders Western Sydney

After the mating ritual has ended the female Redback Spider will store the male redback spider’s sperm and can use that sperm over a two-year period.

Female Redback Spider will spend quite a bit of time producing their white to off brown egg sacks which is roughly the size 1CM diameter, she can produce roughly up to ten egg sacs a year with over 250 eggs inside.

The female Redback Spider will deposit her egg sac in her silk web and then it will take roughly anywhere from two – four weeks later for spiderlings to hatch.

Female Redback Spider will mature roughly at the four-month mark whereas the male redback spiders will generally mature roughly 90 days.

Diet Redback Spiders Western Sydney

Redback Spiders will feed on most other insects and can be found to consume small prey such as lizards, small snakes and king crickets.

Further Reading:

Moment redback spider sees Snake prey.

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