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Wheatbelt NRM Identifies Red Headed Mouse Spider from Grass Valley

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A male Red Headed Mouse Spider was brought into Wheatbelt NRM for identification this week by a worker from Grass Valley. The males of the species is starting to emerge in the warmer weather. They will rear up on their hind legs to strike and will act aggressively if disturbed. The mouse spider may be very toxic but few serious cases have been recorded, with most bites only causing minor effects. First aid should be applied as with other spider bites. This is a species of Trapdoor Spider that dig a burrow up to 55cm deep with two trapdoors. The larger Females are black with a red tinge. Its habitat range covers most of Australia except for the very wet tropics. More information here.