Sydney braced for influx of deadly funnel-web spiders after floods

Residents in Sydney‘s suburbs could in the coming days be swarmed by deadly venomous spiders escaping flooding, the Australian Reptile Park has warned.

Thousands of people living in New South Wales have been evacuated this week due to some of the worst floods to hit the region in decades.

The torrential rain has also forced many animals and insects from their habitats, with Australians this week posting footage of spiders fleeing the water for dryer land.

And Australian Reptile Park director Tim Faulkner says the raised water levels and muggy conditions could see an influx of funnel-web spiders to homes in Sydney’s suburbs.

“The upcoming warm weather and high levels of humidity is the perfect storm for a funnel-web spider boom,” he said.

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