Posts Tagged ‘spider’
So today at the Bug Zoo at Chandler Environmental Education Center I had a rather well informed bug guy (parent). Not usual for me to have another expert on hand but I met Rubin and he has way more spiders and stuff than I do. Plus he and his child were wearing Tarantula t-shirts that were way cool.
Plus the fact that he took out the tarantula and played with it, something I have never done nor will do. See the fangs on this spider.
He also has stuff I don’t have so maybe we will be getting some new bugs for our zoo. He has some baby Domino Cockroaches and a WhipScorpion so stay tuned for more exciting news on the zoo update.
Oh and by the way - The Phoenix Zoo announced today that they’ve acquired animals from the recently closed Las Vegas Zoo: two Patagonian cavies, two red-rumped agoutis and two Chinese alligators. The Zoo is one of multiple facilities offering assistance to provide for the animals from the Las Vegas Zoo. Website is http://www.phoenixzoo.org/
The sense of smell of an ant is just as good as a dog’s is.
The skeleton of a spider is located on the outside of the body.
It would take about 1,200,000 mosquitoes to fully drain the average human body of blood.
One single bite by a Bullet ant is so painful that is compared to bullet; hence its name is bullet ant. It can make your time very bad, causing trembling, burning, perspiration, throbbing and sometimes paralysis that last about 24 hours. It lives in rainforests from Nicaragua to Amazon basin.
A baby cockroach can run side by side with its parents.
Spiders are not on my good list, big or small. I have always been terrified of these pests, especially one as large as this one. Big enough to carry a child away, OK I’m exaggerating a bit, right? Things to do to keep these monsters out of your home:
- Tight, really tight doors and screens.
- Home-seal your home.
- Install garage door seals.
- Use monitoring glue boards to see what is getting into the garage.
- Don’t bring in boxes from attic or outside without checking them.
- Always use gloves when moving anything from outside.
I know you really want a straight up answer but nothing is ever so simple. It depends on the spider and scorpion: basic facts
- Both are venomous, they inject venom.
- Just like a bee sting – you could be allergic and die from just one bite or sting.
- Emperor scorpions – the ones they sell in pet stores, if they stung you it would be like a bee sting – again unless you’re allergic.
- Tarantula – even though they can be huge and scary, probably wouldn’t kill you. (Just for the record, if one got that close to me – that in itself could kill me).
- As I said lets do a little comparison – Black Widow spider versus Bark Scorpion. On average, four people in the U.S. die every year from spider bites and none of those deaths are caused by black widow spiders.Symptoms include five days of pain, muscle cramping, night sweats, incoherence and unusual delirium. There was a case in Colorado in 2011 where someone was possibly bitten by a black widow 19 times and died, but the coronor ruled it natural causes.
Is a synthetic spider venom better for all of us?
Researchers have devised a synthetic antidote to a Loxosceles (Brown Recluse species) bite. It promises fewer side effects than existing treatments and reduces the suffering of the animals required to produce it. Synthetic spider venom makes a kinder, safer antidote by Andy Coghlan gives new insight into current research.
I’m constantly amazed at the research being done and the advances in science and applaud the work done by researchers across the world.
A team led by Carlos Chávez-Olórtegui of the Federal University of Mias Gerais in Brazil has developed an alternative. On a side note this is great news as the Brazilian Wandering Spider is from Brazil and is considered one of the deadliest spiders in the world. Arizona Brown or Brown Recluse Spider blog article by ProBest Pest Management.
(Photo Courtesy of Univar?)