Can a red back kill a man?

Only the female redback bite is dangerous. The poison can make people sick with sweating, vomiting and pain. There is an antivenom for redback bites. No person has died from a redback's bite since the antivenom was discovered.

Redback spiders are not aggressive, and females rarely leave the web. However caution is advised as their bite is very poisonous and could be very dangerous, even fatal, for children or the elderly.

After a bite, the there may be little pain for five minutes, but then it becomes very painful.