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Australian town invaded by 25,000 tarantulas

By T.K. Randall
June 27, 2015 · Comment icon 25 comments

Thousands of big spiders have invaded the Australian town of Maningrida. Image Credit: PD - Wikimedia
Scientists have been left perplexed after hordes of large spiders descended on the town of Maningrida.
Australia is not the best place for arachnophobes at the best of times but for those living in Maningrida this week the problem posed by big spiders has reached a record-breaking high.

In a scene reminiscent of a horror movie, thousands of tarantulas belonging to a newly discovered species have descended on the town prompting significant concerns among the local populace.

The spiders, which have been nicknamed 'diving spiders' due to their ability to go underwater inside a bubble of air, typically create tunnel-like webs in which they lie in wait to ambush their prey.
While not fatal, a single bite from one of the spiders can make someone seriously ill.

Arachnologists such as Dr. Robert Raven have been investigating the invasion in an attempt to work out why so many of the creatures had congregated within such a small area.

One possibility is that there is a particularly attractive food source for the spiders in the town. It is also possible that a natural predator of the spiders is missing from the area.

"It's one of the beauties of science, being able to say ‘I don't know,'" said Dr. Raven.

Source: Inquisitr.com | Comments (25)




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Comment icon #16 Posted by Astra- 9 years ago
I just don't like spiders. Nor did little Miss Muffet -
Comment icon #17 Posted by psyche101 9 years ago
I'm going to. I've watched a documentary about the bugs/insects there. Yes we do. I just don't like spiders. Period. And yet you quote Roosevelt. Australia is so large, we have fences longer than the US is wide. Australia is not one town you know. At least we don't have freaking Bears. I'll keep the spiders, you can keep the bears .... K.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Astra- 9 years ago
And yet you quote Roosevelt. LOL - yep, the irony. Australia is so large, we have fences longer than the US is wide. Australia is not one town you know. Sadly there are those who still believe that Australia is an itsy bitsy island with crocs and roo's running rampant At least we don't have freaking Bears. I'll keep the spiders, you can keep the bears .... K. Lol...yep...bears are one thing - but there's a few other things in the mix that they can keep as well. On the deadly scale, the continent of North America is somewhere in the middle. Probably even on the safe side. But don’t let that l... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Aardvark-DK 9 years ago
Hm, thought Aussies were beer drinking, Roo humping Crocodile Dundee fellars....guess not (irony may be in my statement...)...
Comment icon #20 Posted by spud the mackem 9 years ago
Hm, thought Aussies were beer drinking, Roo humping Crocodile Dundee fellars....guess not (irony may be in my statement...)... The Oz haven't got any beer worth drinking unlike your country which is famous for its good brews.They have something called Castlemaine xxxx, as they weren't allowed to put S*** on the can.
Comment icon #21 Posted by psyche101 9 years ago
Hm, thought Aussies were beer drinking, Roo humping Crocodile Dundee fellars....guess not (irony may be in my statement...)... You ever tried to catch a roo? Nah, ya don't hump Roos. Taste like crap too. And we have females. Not all Croc Dundee fella's, some of the best looking sheila's in the world. The Oz haven't got any beer worth drinking unlike your country which is famous for its good brews.They have something called Castlemaine xxxx, as they weren't allowed to put S*** on the can. If it is a bit strong for you, I can understand that. You just need to realise we don't take to beer that i... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Astra- 9 years ago
Comment icon #23 Posted by Timonthy 9 years ago
Taste like crap too. Rubbed with olive oil, sea salt, cracked pepper, sear a couple minutes each side, rare/blue. IMO as good as a properly cooked steak, and super lean too!
Comment icon #24 Posted by psyche101 9 years ago
Rubbed with olive oil, sea salt, cracked pepper, sear a couple minutes each side, rare/blue. IMO as good as a properly cooked steak, and super lean too! I can't find a way to make it taste good, tried roasts, steaks, snags and mince (on a burger) I rather Croc anyday!! It has the most peculiar smell to which I find rather unpleasant. Coles sells Venison now too!! Love that stuff. But good for you!! I wish I liked it! It is nutritionally and environmentally friendly.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Timonthy 9 years ago
It has the most peculiar smell to which I find rather unpleasant. Coles sells Venison now too!! Love that stuff. It does smell a bit gamey... I knew Coles had Quail, but not Venison! Will be heading there tomorrow after work instead of Woolworths. Thanks Sir!


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