|Found in Bowsher this week (June 2014)|
Every year or so, people say that they have found the poisonous black widow spider here in Oman, and every year, the Government come out and say absolutely not, there are no black widow spiders here in Oman. I've always avoided the whole issue, but this time I'm not going to.
A good friend of mine killed a red backed black widow spider in his yard this week - he wasn't sure what kind of spider it was, so he asked a specialist to look at it, who confirmed that it is indeed a redback spider, which is a member of the widow spider family and indigenous to Australia.
The big black and red spiders are actually the females, who are the ones who tend to bite the most - their bodies are around 1cm in length, then the legs are much longer than that. They spin untidy webs in sheltered areas (a way to check if you might have any) and they are largely nocturnal.
Their bites are not nice, it more than likely won't kill you, but it's not a fun time for 24-36 hours, so better to kill any you find near your home.
The purpose of this post is not to worry you or create panic, just merely to suggest you are careful - forewarned is a good thing, right? Some circles within the city suggest that there's a fairly high number of these things found in the al hail/khoud area, but who knows. Anyway - just look out for em.