An excuse to use that spider photo again

Here's yet another Reddit-comment transplant, this time from this thread about scary animals in the USA, in the opinion of...

Huntsman spider


I opined:

1: The house centipede. Perfectly harmless, but practically a prototypical creepy-crawly, and very common.

2: The toe biter. Apart from the egg-carrying creepiness, toe-biters have that name for a reason, and their bite may be the most painful of any insect. Won't kill you. May make you kill yourself.

(Most insect-bite-pain-scales, like the not-entirely-serious but well-researched Schmidt one, don't cover large swathes of the arthropods. The Schmidt scale, for instance, only covers the stinging Hymenoptera - wasps, bees and ants.)

I regret I have been unable to locate a YouTube, or even LiveLeak, video of someone deliberately getting bitten by a toe biter. All those marvellous videos of people eating staggeringly hot peppers (or just straight capsaicin), or volunteering to be tased, or shooting each other with fireworks, or engaging in the various other things that only other drunk 20-year-olds used to get to watch... there are even voluntary Irukandji jellyfish stings! But no toe biters.

If you can't find me video of some idiot being turned into a flowing puddle of agony by a toe biter, I of course welcome your suggestions of even more terrifying American fauna and/or flora.

One Response to “An excuse to use that spider photo again”

  1. MikeLip Says:

    The reddit thread is gold. As for house centipedes, we usually just ignore them. They keep the spider population down and more or less just live in the basement or crawl space. They are butt-ugly to us, but I'm sure not to each other.

    However I did have a bit of a swarm of them a few years ago. They do NOT like flooded basements, and ours flooded during a huge storm - 14 inches of rain in 12 hours. We never lost power (the people up the road and closer to the river lost their houses, so no complaints from me), amazingly, but the sump pump couldn't keep up with the waterfall from the sky. Those little buggers headed for higher ground.

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