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O, and a big, scary spider decided to crawl over my foot last night… - Equiraptor's Journal
O, and a big, scary spider decided to crawl over my foot last night in the garage. I don't like spiders.

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ghewgill From: ghewgill Date: April 4th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Texas only has four poisonous snakes (rattlesnake, copperhead, coral snake, water moccasin) and at least two spiders (black widow, brown recluse). And scorpions. And the usual bevy of stinging insects like bees, wasps, and hornets. And fire ants. It's a great place to live! :)

The thing that continues to surprise me is the size of the bugs here. I never saw mosquitoes this big in the pacific northwest.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: April 4th, 2004 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have two deadly spiders (Brown Recluse and Black Widow) and the four snakes you mentioned. As far as poisonous that don't kill, I dunno. But I had a spider bite my arm once and make the whole thing numb...
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: April 5th, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Since when is a brown recluse deadly? Maybe if you were bit and never got treated (for several weeks). Certainly nothing compared to the black widow.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: April 6th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
What I was always told in my many, many science classes was the animal's poison was considered deadly if an untreated bite was likely to kill. Untreated Brown Recluse bites can kill. The flesh disintegrates over time and eventually starts to rot. The infection spreads to other areas, and you die.

Even Black Widow bites are survivable if you're anywhere remotely near a hospital. Rattlesnake bites aren't a big deal if you have the antidote. Bite, inject, o look, that wasn't so bad after all. What do you think they do at the rattlesnake rodeos? :-P All they have to do is inject you with an antidote quickly enough. Still, I'd much rather be bitten by a Brown Recluse than a Black Widow, even with the chances of nasty scaring the Brown Recluse has.
From: vrolok83 Date: April 8th, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
wasn't so bad after all? let's inject those two fangs into you~

pain between bite and recovery == excruciating
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: April 8th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pain, even extremes of pain, aren't so bad compared to dying. That was my reference for "not so bad." Sure, it hurts, but at the end of the day, you're still breathing.
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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: April 4th, 2004 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to see one in a controlled environment so I could be more confident about recognizing them.
catherine81 From: catherine81 Date: April 4th, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
jesus h christ that is a big friggin spider!
/me shudders
i share your dislike of spiders...except mine tends to border on irrational fear of. heh.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2004 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually have a brown recluse bite on my knee right now (still recovering). I haven't gotten this one treated... Its been like a week. The bite has no more swelling, and I drained all the fluids. Does this still present a threat to me?

BTW This is my 5th time being bitten and up until a year ago I spent my entire life in California. What a great welcoming gift.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: August 26th, 2004 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Ick. Yuck. I think I've only been bitten by spiders a few times. Once, my right arm went numb from my elbow down. It was like nothing I had felt before, and there was a tiny bite visible. I've always assumed that was a spider bite, because insects don't cause numbness in me and it happened in a house with many spiders.

BTW, can I ask who you are (if I should know you)? Your IP address wasn't enough to tell me (but I didn't dig very deeply).
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