For those suffering from fear of snakes, fear of spiders or both (sucks to be you)?
Check THESE out.
You ever double-check the toilet before you sit down?
Lesson: You probably should.
[via Gawker] Max Read — A seven-year-old girl in Germany discovered seven-foot boa constrictor in her toilet, according to police. The snake was likely a former pet that had escaped into the sewer system; animal control officers apparently snapped the above photo before it slithered off to make more psychologists in the future very rich. The girl is, as far as we know, safe. The takeaway from this story (and a similar one from the Bronx last year) is: Always look in the toilet bowl before you sit down. [German Herald; AFPvia The Daily What] [Read More]
Now for the spiders portion…
This might come as a bit of bad news for those living in the northern portion of North America, but?
The infamous and extremely nasty Brown Recluse spider is heading your way, expanding it’s territory into areas such as Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, South Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
When provoked, the spider, commonly known as the brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa), injects powerful venom that can kill the tissues at the site of the bite. This can lead to a painful deep sore and occasional scarring.
But the wounds are not always easy to diagnose. Medical practitioners can confuse the bite with other serious conditions, including Lyme disease and various cancers. The distribution of the spider is poorly understood as well, and medical professionals routinely diagnose brown recluse bites outside of the areas where it is known to exist.
By better characterizing its distribution, and by examining potential new areas of distribution with future climate change scenarios, the medical community and the public can be more informed about this species, said study author Erin Saupe, a graduate student in geology and a Biodiversity Institute student.
To address the issue of brown recluse distribution, Saupe and other researchers used a predictive mapping technique called ecological niche modeling. They applied future climate change scenarios to the spider’s known distribution in the Midwest and southern United States. The researchers concluded that the range may expand northward, potentially invading previously unaffected regions. Newly influenced areas may include parts of Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, South Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania. [Read More]
That’s a whole lot of fear for one post, I know…
But sometimes its good to get fear pumping the ol’ blood.
Keeps you on your toes…
Also a plus.
Prepare ya’ll. Summer is coming and with it?
Critters are on the crawl and our phobias?
I just love summer, don’t you?
*shakes head sadly*