Poisonous Spiders Spotted in Dubai




Residents, beware – it seems the infamous redback spiders might be back! Reports of residents spotting redback spiders in new developments in Dubai are increasing.

Residents living in communities including Emirates Hills and Al Farjan in Dubai and Al Ghadeer in Abu Dhabi have reportedly spotted the arachnid in their gardens.

No one has been bitten so far, but the spotting of the spiders so close to home has sparked fear among residents in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The venomous redback spider is a species indigenous to Australia and is a member of the group known as widow spiders. They are not native to the UAE and are believed to have arrived on crates and cargo flying in from their Australian home.

The female redback spider is easily spotted, with her famed red stripe on the upper side and orange hour-glass mark on the bottom. They prefer to live in warm climates, close to human residences – which might explain why the spiders have thrived in the UAE, with temperatures in the summer reaching up to 50 degrees centigrade in some areas.

Unlike most spiders, the nocturnal redback spider’s web is tangled and untidy, and is not always easily spotted. Sacks caught in the web are often egg sacks, and can contain dozens of spiderlings.

This isn’t the first time that redback spiders have surfaced in the UAE. Various redbacks were spotted in 2010 and 2011, but the peak of the spiders’ fame came in 2006 when pest control companies were receiving almost one call a day.

While nobody has died from a redback spider bite in the UAE, hospitals around the country keep redback antivenom – available around the world since 1956 – in case of emergencies. Experts have previously urged residents to get bites treated immediately, as an untreated spider bite could have serious health effects, including nausea, headaches, swelling, and even death.

Cynthia Joubert, head of invertebrates at Sharjah Wildlife and Breeding Centre reportedly said in The National that the centre is trying to breed redback spiders in order to better understand their behavior, adding that the risk of being bitten by a redback spider is minimal, as the spiders need to be harassed and disturbed in order to bite.

Source: http://www.ahlanlive.com/poisonous-spiders-spotted-in-dubai-509757.html

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