The Australian Reptile Park accepts public donations of funnel-web spiders for our spider venom program. Learn how to catch a funnel-web and find a drop-off point near you.

What You Need To Know About Spiders

There are five spiders that regularly cause concern to members of the public in this area. Of these only the funnel-web spiders and red back spiders are currently considered dangerous though there are others, such as mouse spiders, which are rarely encountered but potentially dangerous. Any spider larger in size than a dollar coin should be treated with respect, as all spiders have venom glands, though only the large species have fangs able to puncture human skin. The following safety rules apply to all spiders:

  1. Do not leave clothes, shoes, towels, etc. on the floor
  2. Check shoes before putting them on
  3. Do not walk about at night without footwear
  4. Do not handle spiders that appear to have drowned in pools, buckets, etc.
  5. Wear gloves when gardening or working outside
  6. Never touch a spider with your bare hands
  7. Funnel-web spiders cannot climb up smooth pored surfaces (plastic, glass)
  8. Funnel web spiders cannot jump

How To Catch A Funnel-Web Spider

Funnel-Web Spider Drop-Off Points

The Australian Reptile Park is the main location for funnel-web spider drop offs. However, if you are unable to get to the Park, there are a variety of drop off points you can take the spider to:

Central Coast

SUBURB COLLECTION POINT AREA HOURS
Gosford Gosford Hospital
Racecourse Rd, Gosford
Pathology Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat/Sun 9am-3pm
Gosford Vital First Aid
30 Glennie St, Gosford
Front Desk Mon-Fri
9:30am- 4pm
Somersby Australian Reptile Park
Pacific Way, Somersby
Reception Mon-Fri
9am- 5pm
Wyoming Wyoming Veterinary Hospital
24 Cary Street, Wyoming
Vet Rooms 24hrs 7 days
Wyong Wyong Hospital
Pacific Highway, Wyong
Emergency  24hrs 7 days

Newcastle

SUBURB COLLECTION POINT AREA HOURS
Broadmeadow Animal Referral & Emergency Centre
4 Lang Rd, Broadmeadow
Reception 24hrs, 7 days
New Lambton Heights John Hunter Hospital
Lookout Rd, New Lambton Heights
Pathology Level 2 Weekdays only
8am-5pm

Sydney

SUBURB COLLECTION POINT AREA HOURS
Brookvale Greencross Vets
Inside Pet Barn
60 Winbourne Rd, Brookvale
Reception Mon-Wed/Fri8:30am-7pm
Thu 8:30am–8pm
Sat 9am-3pm
Sun 9am-12pm
Caringbah Sutherland Hospital
The Kingsway, Caringbah
Emergency 24hrs 7 days
Hornsby Hornsby Hospital
Palmerston Rd, Hornsby
Reception & Emergency 24hrs 7 days
Helensburgh Symbio Wildlife Park
7/11 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Helensburgh
Reception Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm
Monavale Mona Vale Veterinary Hospital
22 Park St, Mona Vale
Reception Mon-Fri 8-7pm
Sat 8-12pm
Terrey Hills Northside Emergency Veterinary Service
335 Mona Vale Rd, Terrey Hills
Reception 24hrs 7 days
Westmead Westmead Public Hospital
Cnr Hawkesbury Rd & Darcy Rd, Westmead
Entomology Department Mon-Fri 9-5pm
Windsor Hawkesbury City Council
George St, Windsor
Customer Service Desk Mon-Fri 9.00am-4pm