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    Re: The Wonderful Wizard of [OT]

    What about those crazy spiders that make your arms rott off if they bite you.



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    Re: The Wonderful Wizard of [OT]

    Yep got them (white tail spider), although flesh rotting is rare (I've been bitten by the spider and from reading Wikipedia it doesn't occur in Australia). I don't have the funnel web spider (most dangerous) though, that is in Sydney.


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    Re: The Wonderful Wizard of [OT]

    I know you love that pic, it's okay.

    Flesh rotting spider always makes me think of the Brown recluse



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    Re: The Wonderful Wizard of [OT]

    We get huge wolf spiders here in BC.

    They live in basements and scare the **** out of me when I'm downstairs doing the laundry.



    Wolf spiders usually keep to themselves though and just chill in the dark spots in the house.

    These next ones are frickin terrifying.

    "Giant House Spiders" Are the fastest spiders on earth and can jump up to like fifteen feet.



    I've had one of these guys jump from the door of the bathroom onto my leg while I was sitting on the toilet.

    Neither can do much harm to you though, not like the crazy poisonous ones in South America or Australia :P.



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    Re: The Wonderful Wizard of [OT]

    That would scare the crap out of you! Fortunately you are already on the toilet. Really though, I'm glad we don't get a lot of spiders around here, I'm not overly afraid of them, but I really don't like them.



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    Re: The Wonderful Wizard of [OT]

    There is something about the way they move.

    I think it's because we know in the back of our heads that if they weren't small we would all be toast.



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    Re: The Wonderful Wizard of [OT]

    Yes, it's a really good thing they are small

    We grew up with a bunch of these on our property:




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    Re: The Wonderful Wizard of [OT]

    Good old Black Widows, they pack a hell of a bite.



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    Re: The Wonderful Wizard of [OT]

    Yea, they always scared me (for good reason)

    Most venomous spider in the world, and 15 times more venomous than a rattlesnake.



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    Re: The Wonderful Wizard of [OT]

    Brazil still takes the cake for crazy deadly species of everything.

    P. fera is widely considered the most venomous species of spider. Its venom contains a potent neurotoxin, known as PhTx3, which acts as a broad-spectrum calcium channel blocker that inhibits glutamate release, calcium uptake and also glutamate uptake in neural synapses. At deadly concentrations, this neurotoxin causes loss of muscle control and breathing problems, resulting in paralysis and eventual asphyxiation. In addition, the venom causes intense pain and inflammation following a bite due to an excitatory effect the venom has on the serotonin 5-HT4 receptors of sensory nerves. This sensory nerve stimulation causes a release of neuropeptides such as substance P which triggers inflammation and pain
    And the best part of all

    Aside from causing intense pain, the venom of the spider can also cause priapism in humans. Erections resulting from the bite are uncomfortable, can last for many hours and can lead to impotence. A component of the venom (Tx2-6) is being studied for use in erectile dysfunction treatments.




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