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Females mature in approximately four months and can live for 2-3 years. The smaller male matures in about 90 days and lives for 6-7 months. The round egg sacs are 1 cm wide, suspended within the web. They are woolly and white, turning brown over time. Each egg sac contains approximately 250 eggs. Spiderlings are cannibalistic and will eat unhatched eggs and other spiderlings.
Arachnid - Spider
Black, round body with very obvious orange to red stripe on their upper abdomen.
Carnivore. Eats mainly insects but can also catch and eat small lizards, male trapdoor spiders and king crickets. They are eaten by Daddy Long-legs spiders and white-tailed spiders.
Builds webs in dry, sheltered sites such as amongst rocks, in logs, shrubs, stacked materials, sheds or outdoor furniture and toilets. Found in habitats ranging from bushland to urban areas.
Native to Australia
Redbacks are not aggressive though bites are potentially fatal for children or the elderly. Pain from bites may be delayed for 5 minutes then increase in intensity. Victims should not bandage bites but apply ice and seek immediate medical attention.
Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
|DEPI Advisory List
The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.
The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.