Funnel-webs found at Banora Point
A TWEED man was shocked to discover a funnel-web spider while working on a home in Banora Point yesterday.
Greg Ryan and his son Cheyne were preparing ground for concrete when they discovered the potentially deadly arachnid.
“I have not seen a funnel-web spider in Tweed for over 30 years,” Mr Ryan said.
“We cornered it with a shovel and scooped it into the container.
“The home owners were a bit shocked and they are getting the house sprayed as soon as possible.”
Mr Ryan said he has not come across a more dangerous creature in his line of work.
“It is the worst thing I have seen,” Mr Ryan said.
“We had just finished working in that area when we saw it, trying to get back down into its burrow.
“We knew what is was straight away and we know to be wary of them.”
Mr Ryan and his son took the funnel web spider to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where a vet confirmed the species.
After the funnel-web species was verified the father and son team released the spider into the bush away from residential areas.
However, the spider story was not over for the Ryans, who found another funnel-web spider on their return to the Banora Point home.
“We found another spider in the same place when we went back to the house,” Mr Ryan said.
“This one was definitely a funnel-web spider as well.
“Tweed people need to be wary of these spiders and be on the lookout for them.”
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary senior vet Michael Pyne said Tweed residents should be cautious when uncovering funnel-web spiders.
“They are venomous and my advice would be not to touch them,” Mr Pyne said.
“Most people end up getting bitten when they are trying to catch them.”
Mr Pyne said they can be difficult to identify and he did not encourage residents to go near them.
“To someone who does not know what they are looking for they can be difficult to identify,” Mr Pyne said.
“They are not something that is brought into the sanctuary very often; it is quite unusual for one to be brought in.”
Surekil Pest Control director Mick Humberstone said this is the time of year for spiders.
“We do see more spiders at this time of year, but funnel-web spiders are not very common,” Mr Humberstone said.
“We saw three funnel-web spiders in Terranora last year around swimming pools, but we have not seen any in Tweed this year.
“Spiders are always around it's just that we don't always see them.”