Because of the extraordinary hot summer season, white tailed spiders have multiplied in myriads across Aotearoa.

There are some in the Whakatane District who believe they have been bitten and poisoned by a white-tail spider, but in fact the perception is false.

Yes the white tail spider has an aggressive bite, but it is not venomous, it may look fearsome but the white tail fangs only make a puncture wound but it is not poisonous.

So people need to be careful and consider where their injury occurred and what caused it to swell rather than attribute it to a white tail spider.

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