White Tailed Spiders - Media Hype

Recently a number of newspaper articles and TV news items reported that the White Tailed spider (Lampona cylindrata) is highly venomous.

White Tailed spiders are not venomous to humans and do do not cause necrotic arachnadism (flesh-eating). Only the Recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) carries this venom and it is only found in Southern USA.

Like any other kind of bite or sting, White Tailed spiders can cause infection if the wound is not kept very clean. Click here to read about poisonous NZ spiders.