Atracinae, commonly known as Australian funnel-web spiders, is a subfamily of spiders in the funnel-web spider family Hexathelidae. All members of the subfamily are native to Australia. Atracinae consists of three genera: Atrax, Hadronyche, and Illawarra, comprising 35 species. A number of the species produce venom which is dangerous to humans and bites by spiders of six of the species have caused severe injuries to victims.
The bite of the Sydney funnel-web spider (Atrax robustus) is potentially deadly, but no fatalities have occurred since the introduction of modern first-aid techniques and antivenom.
Matthew was helping his dad clean out the shed at their family home near Sydney, Australia. He was moving a pair of sneakers when a funnel-web spider jumped out, wrapping itself around the boy’s finger.
“It sort of clawed onto me and all the legs and everything crawled around my finger and I couldn’t get it off,” Michael recalled.
“He was rattled but he should be very proud of himself, especially for applying a pressure immobilization bandage,” said Tim Faulkner, the general manager of the Australian Reptile Park, a zoo that studies funnel-web spiders, as well as milks them for anti-venom purposes just like these.
Miraculously, just one day later, Michael headed home!
“I’ve never heard of it, it’s incredible,” Tim said. “To walk out of hospital a day later with no effects is a testament to the anti-venom.”
Of course, we know God is to thank for everything coming together to save Michael. He clearly has a special purpose for this boy!