Posted November 16, 2018 05:01:53 The cave spider is one of the rarest of the arachnids in Australia.
A male can grow to about three metres in length and weigh up to four kilograms.
It is the largest spider in the world, with an estimated body weight of about 20 kilograms.
The cave spiders bite the skin of the insect’s prey and secrete venom.
It can cause life-threatening injuries and can kill.
It was also found in the Victorian town of North Melbourne in 2016, and is also found around the country.
“It’s a very small spider, which means that the bite is very small,” said Dr Mark Pemberton from the University of Adelaide.
“The venom is quite strong.
You could have a really, really bad bite and die within a few hours.”
In Australia, the cave spider’s venom is classified as a class B, B+ or A. It causes serious and potentially fatal injuries.
“We are looking at new technologies that can kill the spider, but we need more data to confirm this is the case,” Dr Pemberfield said.
“If it can kill, it could kill anyone.”
This year, the Victorian Museum of Natural History received a call from a member of the public about a spider in their collection.
“They found it on the side of a bush,” Dr Murtagh said.
A small amount of venom was found on the spider’s head.
“When you bite a cave spider, the venom is released into the body and it’s a lot stronger than the normal venom of a spider,” Dr Mark said.