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Mon April 17, 2006 Issue 3
Table of Contents
- 1.The Brown Recluse Spider- A Special Public Warning
The Brown Recluse-
Take a good look at this little fellow right here. The Brown Recluse Spider is the most dangerous spider in the USA. There is no conventional medical cure for a brown recluse spider bite. The venom contains nine different proteins and is cytotoxic (kills cells) and hemolytic (breaks down blood). A person can die from it's bite, and we should all know what the spider looks like.
A Special Public Warning
The guy below was bitten by a recluse spider and the photos show the progression of the damage.
The brown recluse is about the size of a penny or a quarter. Its abdomen can be anywhere from tan to brown. The most distincive marking is the violin, or guitar shaped marking on its back.
Where You Might Find
The Brown Recluse
The most common living areas for the brown recluse spider are shown here in dark green. The lighter green areas are locations where the recluse is also known to be reported. The brown recluse is just that... a recluse. They normally seek dark, cool areas with little activity in which to hide. Common spots would be the basement, perhaps in a laundry pile, in an outdoor wood pile that has been sitting, in garages, and in storage sheds or attics.
As it is almost summertime, please pass this around to your friends and loved ones and warn them to be careful! These spider bites are dangerous and can have permanent negative consequences.
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