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Spiders quick to rebuild in flood-ravaged Australia

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Thousands of spiders build new webs after floodwaters forced them to move to higher ground, in Wagga Wagga, Australia on March 6, 2012.

Thousands of spiders have cast eerie webs over vast areas of flood-hit Australia after being forced to seek shelter by the rising waters, Reuters reports.

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Wild plants covered in spiders' webs in Wagga Wagga on March 7, 2012.

Experts said the spiders may be spinning the sticky webs to help them survive the deluge, which has forced thousands of people to leave their homes over the past week.

"What we've seen here is a type of wolf spider," Owen Seeman, arachnid expert at Queensland Museum, told Reuters. "They are trying to hide away (from the waters)."

The spider webs were seen near the inland city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, where 8,000 people were forced from their homes before the flood waters receded on Wednesday.

Thousands of spiders are spinning webs across parts of Australia that are dealing with severe flooding. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

The Australian Museum's entomology collections manager Graham Milledge said the spiders' behavior was known as ballooning, and was typical after spiders are forced to flee from floods.

"They often do it as a way of dispersing and getting into a new area," Milledge told the news.com.au website. "In an event like this, they are just trying to escape the floods."

Last year PhotoBlog published images of a similar phenomenon in Pakistan

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A house is surrounded by spiders' webs next to flood waters in Wagga Wagga on March 6, 2012.

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Sydney's Taronga Zoo said Australia's spider population has boomed in the wet weather.