Friday, August 25, 2006

Comparing Bites

Magazine Man posted an entertaining story about being lunchmeat for a spider. Various commenters have told of their own experiences with spider bites.

Unfortunately, I've had some experience as well. I never saw the attacker. It was a drive by biting. Two punctures close together on my neck. Unlike MM, I had no physical symptoms. What was both interesting and gross though, was how the skin necrotized from the poison. The wound ended up being more than 1/4 deep and I am left with this scar:



Here's a closer look:




This happened 3 years ago. My advice to you is: Be wary of spiders, especially the ones you don't see. Posted by Picasa

3 comments:

James Cooper said...

My dad used to be in the habit of leaving his shoes out on the porch. Then one day he slipped his foot inside and felt a pinch.

As it turns out a black widow had made its home in his shoe during the night and on seeing his big foot on a direct trajectory towards squishville it elected to bite him right through his sock.

Of course, that didn't save the spider from becoming a pile of goo but it did leave my dad with a foot that would become purple and swollen. Stubborn guy that he is though he just stuck it through, refused to see a doctor, and in about the course of a week his foot was back to normal.

He did, however, start keeping his shoes indoors and start the rest of us on a habit of flattening our footwear before slipping into them.

On a side note, my Word Verification for this post is "grail". Weird.

Suldog said...

Yeah, well I got "gupil".

MY WIFE received a spider bite near her temple and it also left a somewhat noticeable scar. I think I've had a few, but nothing lasting so I never investigated into the causes.

KFarmer said...

My house is a spider heaven so I shake out every shoe and piece of clothing I put on.

That sure is some scar I didn't know they had tarantulas in New England.. :)

WV: ullunal