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Dangerous black spider an unwelcome intruder

Tuesday, 19th April, 2011

TOXIC: Queen Street resident Ken Crabb with his Australian Mouse Spider. TOXIC: Queen Street resident Ken Crabb with his Australian Mouse Spider.

By Kurtis Eichler

Queen Street resident Ken Crabb got the shock of his life when he came across what he thought was a funnel web spider recently.

After finding the large black intruder on the cement in his backyard, the former pigeon racer whisked it off to National Parks for identification.

An office told him it was in fact an Australian Mouse Spider.

"The dog wanted to grab hold of him but he wasn't game," Ken said.

"I thought it was (a funnel web spider) when I first seen it."

Mr Crabb only ever remembered one other occasion when a suspected funnel web wandered into his yard, and that was a "long time ago."

According to the CSIRO Mouse spiders are a kind of trapdoor spider and are widespread across mainland Australia.

They should be considered dangerous and treated with caution because they can be aggressive and will bite if provoked.

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