White-tailed Spider bites causes severe skin ulceration in humans. Even though a white-tail spider bite can be as painful as anything else and cause temporary skin irritation and inflammation, experts in the health field are of the view that it’s very unlikely that the white-tail spider is responsible for the hard-to-treat skin ulcers and slow-healing wounds attributed to the spider over the past 30 years. It appears this particular spider’s reputation is undeserved and greatly overestimated.
White-tailed spiders are spiders native to southern and eastern Australia, and so named because of the whitish tips at the end of their abdomens. Lampona cylindrata is found across southern Australia (south east Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia). Lampona murina is present in eastern Australia from north-east Queensland to Victoria (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria,).
White-tailed spider bites: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention
A bite from a white-tail spider usually results in temporary symptoms at the site of the bite. This can include:
- Irritation or a red mark on the skin
- Pain or discomfort that is generally mild-to-moderate in severity;
- Swelling; and
- Severe pain
- Nausea, vomiting, headache or feeling unwell