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Stingers and Fangs and Toxins...OH MY!

Postby zombreach » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:51 pm

Whether is goes bump in the night, creeps around your floor, or crawls along your walls, it is a menace...a danger...a threat! Here lies the story of many things scary, poisonous, or both. Is there something you fear? Something that needs to be shared? Tell it here! Tell the tale of dangerous creatures in your area. Please keep it factual and fun.

The Brown Recluse:

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These little buggers are identified by the violin shape on their back. They are native to the Midwestern and Southeastern states--documented populations of these spiders outside of these areas are extremely rare. These small non-hairy spiders are yellowish-tan to dark brown in color with darker legs. Their legs are about one inch in length.

These spiders are not aggressive and bite only when threatened, usually when pressed up against the victim's skin. They seek out dark, warm, dry environments such as attics, closets, porches, barns, basements, woodpiles, and old tires. Its small, haphazard web, found mostly in corners and crevices, is not used to capture prey. Most bites occur in the summer months.

Brown recluse spider bites often go unnoticed initially because they are usually painless bites. Initially the bite site is mildly red and upon close inspection may reveal fang marks. Most commonly, the bite site will become firm and heal with little scaring over the next few days or weeks. Occasionally, the local reaction will be more severe with erythema and blistering, sometimes leading to a blue discoloration, and ultimately leading to a necrotic lesion and scarring.

For more information, go to: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/spider_b ... cle_em.htm
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Re: Stingers and Fangs and Toxins...OH MY!

Postby zombreach » Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:21 pm

All these:

POISON IVY
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POISON SUMAC
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POISON OAK
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Can lead to this:

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All because of:

An oily resin called urushiol — found in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.
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