The Australian Reptile Park accepts male and female funnel-webs for its venom-milking program. They collect the venom for serum laboratories to make antivenom. They also accept all native spider species for education purposes.
There are several drop-off points in Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast.
How to identify a funnel-web spider
The Australian Museum provides information about funnel-web spiders, including identifiable features, photos, habitat, different species and spiders commonly mistaken for funnel-webs.
How to catch a funnel-web spider
Funnel-webs are deadly venomous and only adults should attempt this. To catch one safely, reduce the risk of a bite by wearing gardening gloves and long trousers tucked into socks with sturdy shoes or boots.
- Find a glass jar with a wide mouth.
- Remove the lid and pierce it with air holes.
- Invert the jar over the spider. Take care as funnel-webs are highly defensive and may strike; however, they cannot jump or climb glass.
- When the spider is within the jar, slide a piece of heavy cardboard or solid plastic under the opening to completely cover it.
- Invert the jar, keeping the top covered.
- Check the spider is in the bottom, carefully drop a moist cotton bud into the jar with the spider, then put on the lid.
- Keep it away from direct sun and heat.