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Red Back Spider
  Red Back Spider (Latrodectus hasselti)


The Red Back Spider is Australia's most well known deadly spider. They are found all over Australia, and are common in urban areas. The Black Widow Spider (found in the USA) is a close relative of the Red Back. These spiders are usually found under logs, rocks, bricks, sheds and outdoor toilets.

The Red Back Spider feeds on insects, but can take down small lizards and crickets. These spiders are small in size, the females being about 1cm long and the males about 4mm long.

Amazing Fact: Only the female red back spider bite is dangerous to humans.

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