dubbed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – has been handed into the Australian reptile park
The huge arachnid has been named after the beefed-up Hollywood star because “he is a very, very large spider,” keeper Jake Money told Sunrise.
Meney says “The Rock,” who is double the size of a standard funnel-web, is “certainly the largest that we’ve ever seen.”
The spider was given to the park on the NSW Central Coast after it asked members of the public to safely catch funnel-webs for their antivenom program.
Spiders that have been handed in participate in the much-needed milking program, with antivenom saving hundreds of lives each year.
The Australian Reptile Park is the only facility in Australia that milks funnel-web spiders, and keepers say “The Rock” will save a lot of lives with his venom.
“The larger the spider, the more venom that’s going to be produced,” Meney said.
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