The spider is not as big as the picture suggests!

A number of residents of the Montequinto area of the Seville town of Dos Hermanas are becoming increasingly concerned over warnings of a non-native spider, with a “very poisonous” bite, that can cause necrosis of the skin and adipose tissue.

Local environmentalist, Pilar Muñoz, explained that the spider is originally from the U.S., although it has been adapted to the environment and “is self endemic”, and whereas the spider is not considered dangerous in its native land, there has been “several” cases reported in Spain of bites having caused “more serious” conditions, including skin necrosis. It is believed that because the skin type of the people in Spain is different to that of the U.S., the reaction to the spider bite is also very different.

Many of those bitten by the spider, which is said to lurk in the dark shadows such as corners and dark crevasses, have had to undergo surgical procedures such as skin grafts.

In case you get close enough to want to inspect one of the potential spiders, it is said to be brown in colour, with a stain that resembles a violin on its head. They have three eyes above this spot and a fat abdomen, but if you are that close you might not want to insult its body image and maybe describe it a “big boned”. The legs are of equal length and quite hairy.

The spider suffers from photophobia, an aversion to light, which is why it prefers the darker places, and those with poor ventilation, such as garages, store rooms, furniture that doesn´t move too often, door frames and tables. It is also where the name of “recluse spider” comes from. They are also known to nest in the ventilation vents in bathrooms.

According to Muñoz, because “several reports” have been recorded with the University of Sevilla, the existence of the spider can be considered as verified as “almost an epidemic”, which will require the intervention of the government to resolve.

One final piece of reassurance given by the environmentalist is that the spider is unlikely to be present in the gardens or grounds, assuring everybody that the likelihood is that they are “in our homes”.

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