Memo to Australians: Please Capture Deadly Spider 

Anti-venom shortage leads government to ask citizens to capture funnel-web spiders

A Funnel Web spider is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park January 23, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. The Funnel Web is one of Australia's deadliest animals, with a venom that is packed with at least 40 different toxic proteins.

Australian Reptile Park

A Funnel Web spider is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park January 23, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. The Funnel Web is one of Australia's deadliest animals, with a venom that is packed with at least 40 different toxic proteins.

Australia's least squeamish are being asked to capture deadly, aggressive funnel-web spiders, in the midst of a worrisome anti-venom shortage, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Although funnel-web spiders (Atrax Robustus!) are extremely venomous, there have only been 14 deaths from the spiders bite since the 1981 introduction of a potent antivenom, reports the Australian Museum.

That's despite 300 reported funnel-web bites a year in Sydney, and about 60 "life and death situations" according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Which is utterly uncomforting!

As the antivenom is a major factor in keeping Sydney safe, Australian GlobalPost readers may want to contemplate capturing the deadly beasts for the greater good. (This is one of those times when I'm glad my patriotic duties don't extend to the capture of hyper-aggressive arachnids).

If you do manage to capture a funnel-web, or find one paddling about in your swimming pool, you are invited to take it to either the Australian Reptile Park or another designated spider drop-off center.

The Australian Reptile Park is the only place in Australia that is either brave enough or nuts enough to milk these deadly arachnids, depending on your perspective.

You can see a video of spider-milking below.

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