These free living spiders are ground dwelling and have uniform yellowish-brown overall colour. They have a dusty and sandy looking appearance, taking on the colouration of the ground that they live on.
These spiders do not make a web, but instead lie half buried in the sand waiting for prey to wander past. They are widespread, but are more common in arid areas.
Their docile behavior and natural history have resulted in very few recorded bites, therefore symptoms of their bites in humans are poorly understood. Experiments on rabbits indicate that these spiders are highly venomous and potentially life-threatening.
It is advised that patients who have been bitten by a spider, bring the spider for identification. This helps us understand spider bite symptoms and may aid in treatment.
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