The Australian Reptile Park says someone in Sydney or the New South Wales coastal area anonymously donated a spider in a small plastic food container. Keepers were shocked to see it was a funnel-web spider with a body measuring 1.9 inches long.
The park says the spider, which has fangs about 0.8 inch long, is the largest funnel-web spider anyone working there has ever seen. They wrote on Facebook that they’ve dubbed the spider “Megaspider” and hope the person who donated the spider will come forward and reveal where they found it.
The spider will be milked for venom and that can be turned into antivenom. Funnel-web spiders and known for their highly toxic and fast-acting venom.