Expert identifies mysterious Harristown creepy crawly
UPDATE: Spider expert at the University of Southern Queensland Pat McConnel has identifed the spider found by Michelle Kavanagh in her Harristown backyard as a brown trapdoor.
The spider found earlier this week was believed by Mrs Kavanagh to have been a Toowoomba funnel-web.
The two species are often confused as they look so similar.
Fortunately the brown trapdoor is of low-risk to humans however males rear up when provoked.
EARLIER: The current hot spell may be drawing out some of Toowoomba's more dangerous residents.
When Harristown mother Michelle Kavanagh walked outside to hang out her washing, she stumbled across a spider next to a deep hole.
Much to her relief, it was already dead.
"I can usually tolerate spiders, but not this one. I'd never seen a spider like that before," she said.
After an internet search she found a likeness: The Toowoomba funnel-web.
"It was exactly like that," Mrs Kavanagh said, pointing to the spider's picture.
Images of the spider were sent to an expert at the University of Southern Queensland, Pat McConnel.
While Mr McConnel couldn't confirm the spider as a funnel web, Mrs Kavanagh was certain it was.
She thought it was important to warn residents.
"I think people need to be aware of the dangers lurking in our backyards, especially with young children," she said.
What to do
- St John Ambulance recommends people treating spider bites reassure the victim, limit movement to reduce the spread of venom and to seek immediate medical advice.
- Never try to catch the spider.
- For more information contact St John Ambulance on 1300360455.