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    The rubbish dump is a favourite hunting ground for Mrs.Vera Gregg, of Northmead in Sydney.It?

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    Sign dump see woman 3
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    woman in to rubbish
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    cs as she looks
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    travel as stoops lifts 14 to look ones pack
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    ts as she gets trowel and bottle
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    lifts back lid thing
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    cs as she works
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    pushes spider into jar
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    screwing top in jar
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    unscrewed and lifting out
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    dumps on bench opening tweezers
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    was as works in tank
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    cs woman
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    cs poking spider
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    la as she manoeuvres it in tank
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    sc looks at it in jar
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    Background: The rubbish dump is a favourite hunting ground for Mrs.Vera Gregg, of Northmead in Sydney.It is one of the most rewarding fields for the research programme she has worked on for twenty six years.Mrs.Greg collects and classifies deadly funnel web spiders.

    It is in gardens and under things like tins and rocks that the spiders lurk.Mrs.Gregg has learnt always to move these objects carefully.A disturbed spider will strike immediately.Once she has spotted the wilk like cocoon the spider spins, she works with extreme caution.

    Mrs.Gregg maintains her caution although she believes the funnel web is not particularly aggressive.She does emphasise that it is aggressive when cornered or unexpectedly disturbed.They are specially dangerous during the next four months.

    The collector developed her interest because there was so little known of the funnel web's habits and distribution.Most of the specimen's in her laboratory, and there are over one hundred, are of the Atrax Robustus species.

    This is them commonest type around Sydney.

    Mrs.Gregg says the spider takes about four years to mature.She keeps them in separate jars labelled with date and place of capture.

    One day, Mrs.Gregg hopes to publish a treatise on this type of funnel web, Atrax Robustus, the deadly specimen to which, so far there is no anti venine.

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