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04-28-2005, 12:15 PM
Good use for a camera phone. I wouldn't have thought of that. But I might have thought to look for a heavy object to permanently immobilize the spider and bring it with me when I went for treatment. ;)


Pub chef bitten by deadly spider

The Wandering Spider is one of the world's most deadly spiders

A chef bitten by a deadly spider in his pub kitchen was saved after experts were able to identify the creature from a picture on his mobile phone. Matthew Stevens was attacked by the Brazilian Wandering Spider which was hidden in a box of bananas delivered to the Quantock Gateway pub in Bridgwater.

Thinking quickly despite the shock, he managed to snap a picture, which he later showed to doctors.

Experts at Bristol Zoo were able to identify it and suggest an antidote.

Mr Stevens, 23, from Bridgwater, Somerset, took nearly a week to recover from the bite following treatment at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

He said: "I was never scared of spiders before but I certainly am now. I do feel very lucky, it was extremely painful.

"I didn't know what it was when I was bitten. It felt like a rose thorn, I just felt shocked when I saw the spider scuttling away."

The Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria fera) is one of the most venomous and deadly spiders in the world, and is known for its speed and aggression.

05-01-2005, 03:34 AM
I am absolutely terrified of spiders, and don't know why. If a spider is small and looks cute, I might touch it. Otherwise, I won't. I literally can't breathe when a spider is close to me. Last summer we were running a waterhose under our mobile home (spicket is on other side), so my wife had to be the one to crawl under the house. There are all kinds of spiders that live under there. Yuck. :(

05-01-2005, 09:41 AM
I don't like spiders and snakes.

05-01-2005, 10:32 AM
I don't like spiders and snakes.

Same here. I'll throw ticks into what I hate also. Those things get into areas that you would rather they not be in.