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Are Tarantula Bites Dangerous? "Sometime Yes", According to New Study

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by findi, 27 Jan 2014.

  1. findi

    findi Well-Known Member

    17 Mar 2011
    Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. I’m a herpetologist, zoologist and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquarium, and museums, including over 20 years with the Bronx Zoo.
    I’ve worked with thousands of tarantulas, in zoos and my own collection, for over 50 years. In all that time, I’ve never been bitten…mainly because I do not handle them! Tarantulas certainly adjust to captivity, but they can in no way be “tamed” or “trusted not to bite”…videos and statements to the contrary should be ignored. Cases involving muscle spasms, chest pain and other severe reactions requiring hospitalizations were reviewed in a recent study – I am aware of similar cases involving colleagues working in the field. The urticating hairs of New World tarantulas are also a consideration; some years ago, a co-worker of mine required corneal surgery to remove those shed by a Red-Kneed Tarantula. Read the rest of this article here Are Tarantula Bites Dangeous? Sometimes Yes | That Reptile Blog
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    Best Regards, Frank Indiviglio