Many convicts being held in an Australian jail have taken up a new hobby to pass their time, which involves milking the venom from the well-known native spider known as the “redback spider.” Obviously the convicts are bored and looking to pass the time with any old activity, but spider milking is a new one to me. However, it must be mentioned that the prisoners are extracting the venom of the redback solely to become intoxicated by its venom. Now that is pretty resourceful coming from maladjusted convicts.
Four of these dangerous redback spiders have been found within the prison grounds, which is a safety concern even for hardened Australians since the redback can kill a child or an elderly person with just one single bite. Then again, if only four of these redbacks were found, then where are the prisoners finding their collections of deadly spiders? It turns out that the prisoners bred the spiders inside of their cells. The prisoners then diluted the venom with water before injecting the risky cocktail. And if that is not enough, a fully-grown cannabis plant was found in a nearby prison. At least the spider venom junkies used their imaginations.
Could spider venom help improve a person’s health when suffering from a particular medical condition? Have any animal venoms been approved for medical use?