Hair-raising moment hundreds of deadly funnel web spiders crawl out of egg sac

Harriet Brewis
Video footage shows the egg sac being carefully pulled open, revealing the nightmarish contents: Australian Reptile Park

This is the hair-raising moment a stream of deadly funnel web spiders crawled out of an egg sac.

Footage shared on Facebook captures the nightmarish event, which sees the “head of spiders” at an Australian wildlife sanctuary open up the pouch with a scalpel.

The video of Kane Christensen releasing his eight-legged friends helped mark the launch of the Australian Reptile Park’s new spider container.

The egg featured in the clip is one of 10 due to hatch soon, that will join 3,000 more of the spiders at the zoo on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Mr Christensen carefully opened the white pouch with tweezers (Australian Reptile Park)

The venomous spiders are native to Australia, with the Sydney species known for being the most deadly.

Just one bite from the fanged arachnid can kill a human in minutes if left untreated.

Fortunately, life-saving antidotes have been produced, largely thanks to Mr Christensen and his colleagues.

They are on the frontline of an antivenin and research programme that has prevented any deaths from funnel-web spider bites in Australia over the past 38 years.

To create the lifesaving antidote, the team milk the spiders to extract their venom.

The spiders are 'milked' to create life-saving antivenoms (Australian Reptile Park)

Mr Christensen explained that by breeding the spiders in the park’s new container, he and his fellow specialists aim to milk 3,000 funnel webs each year.

The raw venom “milk” is then sent to biochemical group Seqirus, who create the antivenom for hospitals around Australia.

Australian Reptile Park is the only place in the country where the practice takes place, and the ones seen in the Facebook video are the first to have been grown in captivity for the specific purpose of venom milking, according to Australian site

The spiders are often found in shady, sheltered and damp places and have been found in shoes in the past.

In 2017, a record 12 vials of the antivenin were used to save a 10-year-old boy’s life after we was bitten by a funnel-web spider hiding in his shoe on the Central Coast.

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