SAFETY

Thank you for choosing The King of the Arachnids to buy your 8-legged critter. You’re probably looking forward to forming a close bond with your new pet. Just… not too close! Your pet may not be as eager as you to make friends.

Spiders are observation pets only. We do not suggest that you touch or handle your spider, doing so may result in a bite. If your spider bites you, you may need to be hospitalised, this does not only apply to funnel-webs, a bite from a large adult tarantula may also result in hospitalisation. The same applies to your friends and family, so we don’t recommend you let them handle your spider either. No, not even your mother-in-law.

Almost all spiders possess venom, most being generally harmless to humans. However, there is no way of knowing how a person or pet may react to a bite. Even bite from a spider considered to be harmless may cause serious injury or death to someone young, allergic, or compromised with medical conditions. In the event of a bite, seek medical assistance immediately. We’d rather you don’t take any risks.

Please remember that many of the spiders we sell may be extremely fast and can escape. When unpacking and housing the spider into its new enclosure, do it inside a large tub to provide a safety barrier in the event of an escape.

Your spider is a living creature, which means it will eventually pass-away. We cannot and do not make any promises or guarantees on how long it will live for, we can only provide general estimates. Remember that any spider you purchase and receive from us is now in your care and is your responsibility, you accept all liability including injuries it may inflict upon you. For information regarding care see our care sheets. Different keepers have different methods of keeping their spiders, our guide is only a general guideline. For more detailed information please contact us.

Understanding your particular spider species, and adhering to safety precautions, will reduce risks, but may not eliminate all risk. Accepting a spider from The King of the Arachnids means that you also accept the terms of our Indemnity. 

SPIDER BITE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

General symptoms

  • Sharp pain at bite site
  • Profuse sweating
  • Nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS OF A FUNNEL-WEB OR MOUSE SPIDER BITE

  • Copious secretion of saliva
  • Muscular twitching and breathing difficulty
  • Piloerection or goosebumps
  • Numbness around mouth
  • Copious tears
  • Disorientation
  • Fast pulse
  • Markedly increased blood pressure
  • Confusion leading to unconsciousness.

FIRST AID

Funnel-Web Spider Bites – Can be fatal, and life-threatening effects can occur quickly – within 10 minutes. If someone is bitten by a funnel-web spider, follow these rules.

1. Follow DRSABCD (Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Defibrillation) 
2. Call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
3. Lie the patient down and ask them to keep still. Reassure the patient.
4. If on a limb, apply an elasticised roller bandage (10–15 cm wide) over the bite site as soon as possible.
5. Apply a further elasticised roller bandage (10–15 cm wide), starting just above the fingers or toes and moving upwards on the bitten limb as far as can be reached.
    – Use clothing or other material if an elasticised roller bandage is not available.
    – Apply the bandage as firmly as possible to the limb. You should be unable to easily slide a finger between the bandage and the skin.
6. Immobilise the bandaged limb using splints.
7. Keep the patient lying down and completely still (immobilised).
8. Write down the time of the bite and when the bandage was applied. If possible, mark the location of the bite site (if known) on the skin with a pen, or photograph the site. Do not wash venom off the skin or clothes because it may assist identification.
9. Stay with the patient until medical aid arrives.

Other Spider Bites
1. Wash the injured site with soap and water.
2. Apply a cold pack to the bitten or stung area for 15 minutes and reapply if pain continues.
3. Seek medical attention if the patient develops severe symptoms.

St John Ambulance Australia Ltd (2020, April 9). Spider bites. www.stjohnnsw.com.au. http://www.stjohnnsw.com.au/guides-spider-bite