Nature Video

By Dan Coles

 

A man has made a video of himself handling a wild funnel web spider, which can kill a human with one bite.

Oscar Williams, 24, from Bristol, has been travelling to Australia for the last three years learning about its wildlife and fell in love with the country.

Whilst working on a tropical flower farm in Sydney, NSW, he came across a funnel web spider which is one of the deadliest in the world, and decided to handle the spider in what was a life-threatening experience.

The Funnel Web Spider is one of the most aggressive spiders on the planet and packing a bite that can kill a human within 15 minutes.

Oscar said: “I went out to explore the area and lifted up a log outside the front of where we were staying which is when I saw the funnel web.

“I was so excited, it was a dream of mine to find one of these spiders after learning about them and how unique they were.

“I cannot find a single video of someone handling a wild funnel web spider so when I saw that this was my chance to really test my nerves, I had to do it.

“It was terrifying holding the spider but was also so confident that I wasn’t going to get bitten and if there was any doubt I my mind I wouldn’t have done it.

“The difference is when you’re messing with snakes it’s all about handing technique and reflexes but with spiders it’s up to them, if you keep calm you’ll be ok, the hard part is judging their behaviour before handling because once they’re on they can bit whenever they feel at risk.

Although an anti-venom was introduced in the 1980’s, their bite, if left untreated for 15 minutes, can easily kill an adult human.

They are so deadly that real estate in Australia can go up or down depending on the density of the spider’s population in a particular area.

Oscar is hoping to move to Australia permanently to pursue his dream of becoming a wildlife expert.

He said: “I think there’s a lot of focus on snakes in Australia, but not many people are focusing on spiders and I’m hoping to fill that gap.

“I have handled red backs, funnel webs, huntsman and tarantulas but so far have never been bitten.”

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