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Oct 2011 Update
Hello Readers , As promised in my last update
Hello again readers,
I am sorry this update is late ,I have had problems ,
with my right knee and have been in hospital for six weeks then I was sent home to wait for a total knee replacement, in heaps of pain.
But the group has been busy just the same so I wrote this from my hospital bed. My husband Frank has been busy helping me with the enquiries .
and I thank him.
The purpose of most venoms is to immobilize their prey Venom is injected
Into the lymphatic system which is just under the surface of the skin.
From there it filters into the blood stream .
There are three spiders we need to look out for in South Australia, they are the White tailed spider the wolf spider and the Mouse spider ,which is a 3rd cousin to the funnel web.
Both species of the white tail are dangerous to man, the mail spider venom contains histamine and noradrenalin while the female spider venom has adenosine which causes maddening pain and release of histamine causing the burning.
The wolf spider is a ground dwelling garden spider and they run at you and hunt prey like a wild dog. They are the same colour as the huntsman, but they have a distinct black and white pattern on the carapace [back] .
The female wolf spider is dangerous and is known to kill cats and make dogs very ill. Humans can suffer a necrotising bite but this bite does not recur like the white tail does once every year.
The mouse spider ,well that is another story there are three kinds in the Adelaide hills and they are cousins to the Sydney funnel web and if bitten you may need funnel web anti venom as they contain nurotoxins which affect the body by shutting it down really fast meaning you must go to your Doctor .
These spiders have black legs ,blue carapace and red head area.
If you should come across one of these spiders ,please put it into a jar really carefully and deliver it to me.
Did you know that the silk that is wrapped around a cob of corn is beneficial
If boiled and drank as a tea for liver and kidney complaints.
With the tragic floods in the north it was said that la nina system had finished but I could not accept that because of the further flooding that continued and now here we are early spring and la nina is back. And we are looking at a wet summer similar to last year Our climates are really out of wack.
Did you know that were ever you are,
there is a spider within one meter of you.
Until next time please be careful and don’t become the next victim.
Dame Helen Midgley .D St J. AREMT 1. JP .