When Tarantulas Attack
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August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


Tarantulas are the largest spiders in the
world. They belong to the Theraphosidae spider family
of which around 900 species have been identified worldwide. Tarantulas are arthropods. This means they are invertebrates which rely
on their exoskeletons for muscular support. They also have paired appendages and a segmented
body. Two appendages called chelicerae contain their
venom glands. These spiders inject their venom into their
prey through their fangs which are hollow extensions of the chelicerae. Each of the tarantula’s eight legs ends
in two or three retractable claws, which are used for climbing and gripping surfaces. One of the most distinctive physical features
that tarantulas possess is represented by the hairs which cover their legs and bodies. Some species have urticating hairs which they
can kick off from their abdomen or rub against their prey. These fine hairs are barbed and may be lethal
for smaller animals such as rodents. Urticating hairs are also quite dangerous
for humans if they enter the respiratory system or if the eyes are exposed to them. Some people may also have strong allergic
reactions which are manifested through rashes and intense itching. Although they have eight eyes, commonly grouped
in two rows of four, tarantulas are not able of perceiving much more than motion, light
and darkness. Their sharpest sense is that of touch. When on the hunt the tarantula reacts to the
vibrations which are emitted by the movement of its prey. In order to grow and reach adulthood, tarantulas
go through a process called molting in which they shed their exoskeleton. This process can also result in the replacement
of lost urticating hairs and even lost limbs. The size of a tarantula varies according to
its species. The largest specimens can reach a foot in
length. Tarantulas are seen as frightening by some
people and fascinating by others. While those suffering from the fear of spiders
called arachnophobia might dread the idea of a tarantula being near them, others, popularly
known as arachnophiles, might opt for keeping them as pets. Number 4: Catherine Moreau
On April 18, 2016, Catherine Moreau and her family were on a plane travelling to Canada,
from the Dominican Republic. The woman was watching a film on her IPad
when she felt something brushing against her leg. Initially she assumed it was a wire and pushed
it aside. A few moments later she felt it tickling her
leg again. That is when she discovered a giant hairy
spider, much to her shock and terror. Moreau started to scream and hit the spider
in an attempt to get it off her, which in turn caused the eight-legged critter to bite
her. She realized that it was a tarantula. The spider was believed to have escaped from
another passenger’s bag and crawled its way under the luggage of Moreau’s 11-year-old
daughter. The woman’s husband eventually managed to
trap the spider in a Tupperware container and asked a flight attendant for a bag to
put it in. The other passengers were relieved and were
slowly overcoming their state of distress when it was revealed that a second tarantula
was on the loose inside the cabin. In the panic that ensued, as passengers were
screaming and climbing on their seats flight attendants attempted to calm them down and
told them to cover their ankles and put on their shoes. Moreau was reportedly given first aid treatment
for her bites but her daughter was in shock. The second tarantula was captured when the
plane landed at the Trudeau Airport in Montreal. According to Étienne Normandin, an etimologist
from the University of Montreal, the two spiders were members of the Phormictopus cancerides
species also known as the Hispaniolan Giant Tarantula. Despite being an aggressive species, their
venom is not dangerous. Air Transat, the company the airplane belonged
to, admitted that it did not have a protocol for such a scenario and expressed its intention
for implementing one. Moreau asked the company for a refund on the
tickets she and her family had purchased after mentioning several ways in which she believed
the attending staff did not handle the situation appropriately. She claimed that she was not allowed to take
a picture of the spider so that she could later identify the species and seek further
medical assistance. She also stated that it took a long time before
she was brought a bag to place the spider in. Furthermore, Moreau claimed that her daughter
suffered from nightmares after the incident and that Air Transat did not provide her with
the promised report concerning the spider’s species. Tarantulas are widely spread across the world
in various regions of the United States, South America and Central America. They may also be found in Africa, throughout
Australia and in most areas in Asia. On the European continent some species occur
in Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. A tarantula’s main hunting technique is
ambush. At first it catches its prey using its legs. Afterwards the tarantula paralyzes its prey
with venom before finally devouring it using its fangs. Tarantulas also possess strong jaws which
they might use to crush their prey. Once its victim has died, the tarantula injects
digestive enzymes into it, which liquefies its body. Then it is sucked into the tarantula’s straw-like
mouth. Some of these spiders hunt in trees while
others are burrowers and ambush their prey on the ground. Most species tend to mainly eat insects. Larger species, such as the Goliath Bird-Eating
tarantula, which can grow up to lengths of almost 15 inches, might also opt for hunting
larger prey such as rodents, frogs and small lizards. In the wild female tarantulas live up to thirty
years while males have a shorter lifespan of approximately seven years. While males commonly have longer legs, some
species exhibit strong sexual dimorphism with females being larger than males, particularly
in the abdominal region. Number 3: Kelly Chittenden
44-year-old Kelly Chittenden had one of her worst fears come to life after a Mexican red
rump tarantula landed on her head. The incident took place in Deal, Kent after
the spider was presumably taken off a windowsill by a gust of wind. Chittenden, who suffers from arachnophobia,
initially thought that someone had thrown some trash out of a window. After realizing that it was a hairy spider
the mother of two was shocked and quickly crossed the street, warning other people that
a tarantula was on the loose. She later described it to have been as large
as an orange and claimed the experience was her “worst nightmare come true”. Gus How, the tarantula’s owner claimed that
the wind had blown it off his windowsill. The Mexican red rump tarantula has urticating
hairs on its abdomen which it can throw of its body whenever it feels threatened. The spider was not recovered and some people
claimed to have seen it run into a shop. Although there have not been any recorded
tarantula-related deaths there are several ways in which they might be harmful towards
humans. The urticating hairs that they fling off their
abdomens using their legs may cause severe allergic reactions if they enter the eyes
or the respiratory system. Vision loss is one of the most severe outcomes
as the hairs may cause retinal scarring, cataracts and inflammatory reactions which can damage
the optic nerve. These barbed wire-like hairs may also lead
to the formation of urticaria and hives which can cause intense itching. Other symptoms may include a runny nose, sinus
pressure, congestion and sneezing once the hairs come in contact with the nose’s mucous
membrane. Some of the people affected require emergency
medical treatment. Even though a tarantula’s bite might cause
redness and swelling around the affected area it is relatively painless and has been deemed
less painful than that of a common bee. In the cases of ‘dry’ bites, meaning bites
where the tarantula does not inject its venom, the vast majority of people have not reported
any side effects outside of moderate swelling or redness. Venomous bites in some cases may cause muscular
cramps, sweating, stiff joints and chest tightness. Extreme reactions include a loss of blood
flow to major organs and serious breathing difficulty. These breathing impairments are similar to
those brought on by an asthmatic crisis. Number 2: Tarantulas Attack Northeast Indian
Town In May 2012, residents from the Sadiya town
in the Indian state of Asaam were faced with a wave of attacks from giant hairy spiders,
which experts claimed were an undiscovered species of tarantula. Two villagers that were affected by these
attacks reportedly died. After several investigative procedures the
authorities discovered that the villagers’ deaths might have not been caused by the spiders,
but by the treatment they had received. Witch doctors in the village reportedly cut
their patients with blades in an attempt to drain their wounds. Further investigations came to a halt as the
victims were cremated before thorough autopsies could be performed. Other victims who tried to drain the wounds
themselves were treated with antibiotics and made full recoveries according to Doctor Anil
Phatowali, a resident physician from a local hospital. The symptoms caused by venomous tarantula
bites have been treated with muscle relaxants, and sedatives such as Lorazepam and Midazolam. For those who choose to keep tarantulas as
pets, experts recommend learning the spider’s scientific Latin name as it might help doctors
in finding a proper form of treatment for any bites that may occur. Attempting to treat tarantula bites at home
is not recommended and seeking medical help is always the best option. There are, however, certain measures one may
apply at home while waiting for the emergency services to arrive on -site. Some medical specialists suggest that wrapping
ice in a clean cloth and placing it on the site of the bite for ten minute sessions alternated
with 10 minute pauses might aid in relieving the pain and delaying the effects of the venom. Applying a compress of water mixed with meat
tenderizer paste on the affected area is also among the suggested methods of immediate treatment. Using either a Benadryl cream or a topical
cortisone on the bite might also help. Those affected by the urticating hairs can
use wax, duct tape or a pair of tweezers to remove them. Once these hairs are inhaled and reach the
lungs a medical specialist should be contacted as soon as possible. Number 1: Man is Nearly Blinded by Tarantula
Hairs A 29-year old man was forced to contact Dr.
Zia Charim, an ophthalmologist from the St. James Hospital in Leeds after one his eyes
had become extremely irritated. For three weeks, prior to contacting Dr. Charim,
the man, whose identity was not released by the media, had taken medication in support
of an initial conjunctivitis diagnosis. The medication did not improve his condition
and by the time he arrived at St. James he was already photophobic, which means that
his eyes would hurt when exposed to light. Dr. Jonathan Norris, Dr. Charim’s colleagues,
decided to examine his eyes using the largest magnification available. His examination revealed that the man had
minuscule protruding spots in his eyes which resembled tiny hairs. The medical staff was puzzled by the discovery
until the man recalled an accident which had occurred as he was cleaning his pet tarantula’s
cage. Dr. Charim’s medical report stated that
‘While his attention was focused on a stubborn stain, he sensed movement in the terrarium. He turned his head and found that the tarantula,
which was in close proximity, had released ‘a mist of hairs’ which hit his eyes and face’. Some of the hairs released by his Chilean
Rose tarantula moved past his cornea and iris and reached the back of the eye, affecting
the retina and thus endangering his vision. Every time he blinked the barbed hairs were
only pushed farther through the optical tissue. Some experts described the hairs as fine filaments
resembling tiny pieces of fiberglass. Medics treated the 29-year-old man by using
special steroids to flush the hairs out and his vision was fully restored. Dr. Charim also noted that few ophthalmologists
are familiar with the effects of tarantula hairs. For those who own pet tarantulas this may
be quite dangerous as a bad diagnosis may lead to serious damage to their eyes and even
loss of vision.


100 thoughts on “When Tarantulas Attack

  1. I feel bad for the tarantula in the Catherine Moreau story. Poor baby was probably just minding its own business and only bite when it was hit. I hope it didn’t suffer any damage. And the second one whom wasn’t found is probably starved and dead. 🙁

  2. Omfg yeah some spiders are dangerous as balls but others are cute lil spooderas (possibly not little) also why would she presume it was wires and convenient plastic box is convenient

  3. Haha, I heard of this from TheDardDen's channel. I don't usually watch docudramas… But this one takes the cake!

  4. This video is actually so dumb… tarantulas are less dangerous than honey bees. All the fear of them is totally psychological.

  5. I hate people like that, Catherine was scared of a non venomous spider, she didn't even have a phobia of them. She just took the opportunity to try and get her money back. CORRUPTED! That would've been a moment to just laugh once you realized it wasn't even venomous.

  6. These guys arent as aggresive as you think man…
    Give em' a chance and maybe do research next time?

    Tarantulas have only been recorded to reach 10 inches, not a foot (It may not sound like much of a difference but when you're talking about tarantulas it is) GOLIATHS CAN NOT REACH 15 INCHES

    I have an Arizona Blonde (Aphonopelma Chalcodes) and these guys are not deadly.
    There has been no recorded deaths by tarantulas.

    You didn't mention New worlds and Old worlds… New worlds are Usually a lot less aggresive, while old worlds are usually aggresive and more willing to bite because they don't have any urticating hairs.
    New worlds are from North america and, South america while, Old Worlds are from Europe, Africa, Asia and, Australia.

  7. I absolutely love spiders. I wear a brown recluse encased in resin around my neck. The resin glows in the dark which makes it look creepier. I've actually had people try to rip the necklace off my neck, have had people run from the necklace that was around my neck, and pray for my soul. It really shocks me how people freak out over creatures who's bite does less damage than a bee or wasp. Tarantulas are relatively harmless. I think it's beautiful. Wasps do far more damage than they do. 🕸️🕷️🕸️

  8. Jeez, is the Netherlands the only country without horrific creatures, deadly toxins, and giant predators?
    All we have is the occasional wolf, cold weather, and Geert Wilders.

  9. FIRST OF ALL THE SPIDER ON THE PLANE IS NOT A TARANTULA IT IS A JUMPING SPIDER AND IT IS A BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Tarantulas on a plane is the sequel to Snakes on a plane 😂😂 seriously. I would have freaked the hell out if I were on that plane.

  11. exotic lairs joins the chat
    excuse me they don't attack unless you stress them with this video perhaps my tarantulas are watching
    they will kill you: s t o p

  12. The first photo you showed was a Mexican Red Legged Tarantula. I had one for a pet and it was lovely. I did not handle it because if I were to drop it, it could die. It was easy to care for and quiet. It molted and I found that fascinating! Looked like I suddenly had two spiders instead of one.

  13. if i was on that plane i would have had a heart attack. i know people say there more scared of u that really an't the case with me.

  14. …. You just grabbed random images from the internet…. Dude if you're going to do a fear mongering video at least know what the fuck you're talking about.

  15. Whilst tarantulas on a plane is no doubt terrifying, they pose no risk apart from a potential bite. Just imagine if it had have been a Brazilian Wandering Spider, that would have been horrendous

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  17. "With females being larger than males, particularly in the abdominal region."

    Female Spiders: Did you just call me fat?

  18. WOAH WOAH WOAH Catherine Monroe! Just because you've been bitten by a tarantula doesn't exactly means that you are entitled for a refund! It wasn't even the company's fault that they were loose in the first place! They've escaped and even explained to you that they had no protocol for this situation. Yes it was weird that they said no flash photography on the spider but you should remember that you freak the heck out and sent your daughter into shock! They even got you to your destination and helped out and you still demanded a refund? People these days find any excuse to get compensation!

  19. This dude is trying to talk down on tarantulas like how some people talk down on pitbulls🤦🏼 go off yourself. Dude couldn't even find the right pictures of tarantulas😂

  20. OMG! This is the video Exotics Lair got mad about! He did a video react to this! XD
    Like if you watched his video as well.

  21. I've had tarantulas for over 30 years and not one tried to kill me! They probably thought they wished they could the way I petted them and held them. My favorite the Mexican Red knee!

  22. IV watched that a person Carry a Tarantula And the spider was Friendly so you best think of it I used to hold a Baby Spider

  23. you are so silly the tarantulas do not make any damage to the nature or the humans and the wasp was preying on the spider,the family name is pronnunciate theraphoside not theraphosidae,I'am a tarantula owner and they never going to kill you GENIUS.

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  25. Thumbs down , so much random images (yeah a 5mm jumping spider will kill you, yeah , so roaches do so ) and the plane story , seriously wtf,not even comment it , just will ask who te fuck on a airplane on board would have a empty tupperware box m.. Gosh because of that kind of videos others will continue to think bad about spiders

  26. first things first tarantulas are not aggresive tarantulas are protective type and you didnt know theres 2 types of tarantula first one is a old world tarantulas they are protective tarantula they dont want to hurt us but if we disturb them they will try to scare us away cause there scared of us the second tarantulas are new world tarantula they are the ones who tend to kick hairs but they are docile creatures unlike the old worlds and they kick hairs because they are scared of us to so DON'T try to make TARANTULAS SOUND DEADLY OR SCARY IDIOTS!!!!!!!!

  27. I had a tarantula a few years ago when I lived in California his name was Murdock I had him for two years he never attacked me I could pet him his hair was itchy and he love to eat and I made sure that he did✌👍👌🤺⚘❗🖤🕸🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕸

  28. All I know is seeing tarantulas make me fart loudly with much volume. I don't know why, they just get me all gassy and stinky. At such times I possess the Buttocks of Doom striking mortal fear in everybody within buttshot of 5 or so miles. I've been known to crack the foundations of buildings and shatter windows. Insurance adjustors hate me. And the spiders? Well…..

  29. There's so much false information in this video that it's mind blowing. What an embarrassment your channel is.

  30. Nasty looking bastards; they give me the shudders. If one invaded my home there's no freaking way I would lure it into a jar and 'compassionately' release it into someone's garden. I'd gas it, brain it with a baseball bat, whatever I had to do to end its 30-year stay on Earth. I wouldn't put my husband or our cats in jeopardy.

  31. I am a Tarantula Keeper, I have many. New World and Old World T’s… I have not been bit, I respect them. There has not been one death of a bite from one… some Old World Species has Medically Significant Venom..
    You should just delete the Doomsday Killer vibe here… or just do us all a favor and delete the channel…

  32. WHEN JUMPING SPIDERS ATTACK . . . . . This video contains ALL of the facepalm. T's are beautiful creatures!

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