How dangerous is a violin spider ?

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4 years 11 months ago #64301 by Neil
My son (8) is very much into spiders and insects, he is busy preparing a short speech for class on spiders and while helping him I read in one small book on spiders (one of those Sasol booklets) that the violin ('viool') spider is not that dangerous ???
I always thought it to be very dangerous to us humans, any comments ?

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4 years 11 months ago #64302 by Dimitri Kambas
If i am not mistaken it is one of the top 3 most dangerous in South Africa.

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4 years 11 months ago - 4 years 11 months ago #64303 by Brad
Found the following link http://forum.gardenroute.com/showthread.php?1226-Dangerous-Violin-Spider supports the theory that they are not to be played with but also have a look at WiKi's input http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_recluse_spider

No pro so cant give a yes no answer

In fact have a look at the great article

Are spiders dangerous?
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4 years 11 months ago - 4 years 11 months ago #64304 by Taki Tsonis
Not a good idea to get bitten by one....
SA Spiderclub Dangerous Spider Info

I've educated my boys about the 4 spiders in that link and basically anything else they ever run into is fine ;)

You can take an Aphonopelma to crickets but you can't make it eat!
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4 years 11 months ago #64306 by Thor
This spider is one of the evil little buggers, you don't want to be bitten by one of these! It may be in SA's to 3 but also listed in the worlds top 10 worst spider bites. it has a very slow acting cytotoxic (cell destroying) venom that is generally noticed up to 8 hours after being bitten. Some bites lead to amputation depending on the bite site other bites have left people with irreparable muscle and tissue damage. I don't know if anyone has died from one of these spider bites before. This spider is also known as the Brown Recluse Spider - dunno the scientific name for it.

These are generally a shy species and tend not to enter the home too often but reports say that violin spiders found in the home take refuse in curtains and towels - I guess this is where the most of the bites come form.....

Well, this is just the info I've picked up about them, if you come across one - GTFO

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4 years 11 months ago #64338 by Wayne Prinsloo
As a rule, I avoid any house/garden spiders with all means possible, to be honest, some of them is just kreepy. whistle2

I once got bit by a brown button spider, believe you me, that was NOT a pleasant experience!!

Ever since then I just stay away from them, I wont kill them though, will first try to remove them piecefully.

I do however LOVE my T's to bits!!! :thumbsup:

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