Picture ID 99412

Picture of unidentified spider
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  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2020
  • Photographed: Feb 14, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Launceston, Australia
  • Spotted Indoors: Garage or shed
  • Found in web?: No
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I think this is Latrodectus hasselti, an Australian Redback. They are not aggressive, but may bite if skin is pressed against one. They have potentially dangerous venom. They are in the same genus as Black Widows. If bitten by one please have someone collect the spider for identification and quickly seek emergency medical treatment. There is an anti-venom that can be administered for the bites. Spiders in this family can’t see well. They live in small dark places to avoid being seen and reached by their predators. They attempt to avoid confrontation with humans by running and hiding. I wear… Read more »