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Deadly Brazilian Wandering Spider On Holiday, in Your Groceries

 - Mar 20, 2009
References: tulsaworld
If you thought grocery shopping is a healthy habit, think again, because unless you are careful, you might come face to face with a traveling Brazilian Wandering Spider.

One of the world’s deadliest spiders, the Brazilian Wandering Spider, was found lurking in a bunch of Honduran bananas at a Whole Foods supermarket in Tulsa. Fortunately, a skillful employee was able to catch the lethal arachnoid, also known as a banana spider. It was then dispatched to the University of Tulsa’s Animal Facilities Department.

Capable of growing up to a 10 to 13 cm leg span, the hairy spider is notorious for its toxic venom and its sneaky night crawls. It moves quickly and is identified by its scary pair of red jaws which come on display when it is angered.

The Tulsa find was destroyed following safety concerns, although much speculation followed as to whether it was in fact a member of the venomous species or an innocent Huntsman spider. Still, the Brazilian Wandering Spider can indeed survive long transport from exotic lands around the world, and assume juicy holiday residence within your friendly local grocery store.