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Are tarantulas poisonous?

In the United Stales, any large, hairy spider is popularly called a tarantula.  It looks fierce but it is not as dangerous as it looks.  Its bite is no more harmful to man than that of most other spiders found in the United States.  But it can inflict a painful wound in self-defense.

Tarantula

Most tarantulas make homes in deep burrows.  They come out at night to look for food, and lie hidden among the leaves or in the burrow.  When an insect comes along, the tarantula rushes out and bites it, and then drags it into its burrow.

During the winter, the tarantula shuts itself up in its home with a silken door.  The tarantula gets its name from a large wolf spider found near Taranto, a town in Italy.

Long ago, it was believed that people bitten by this spider came ill with a disease called “tarantism.”   The cure was said to be for the victim to dance and skip about to music until he became well.  From this old belief came the tarantella, a lively Italian folk dance. – Dick Rogers

What is a sting ray?

Sting Ray

Sting rays are flat, diamond-shaped fish having long ship like tails armed with poisonous stingers.

Sting rays live  in warm, shallow coastal waters and often lie of the bottom buried in the sand with only their eyes and breathing holes showing.

When swimming, the sting ray looks much like a bat flapping through the water.

The sting ray’s  stinger is really a sharp, bony spine near the base of its tail.

Many bathers have stepped sting ray whips its long tail about and the sharp spine is driven into the victim’s flesh, inflicting a painful wound.

The spine is barbed to that a victim cannot easily yank it loose after being stabbed.

Sting rays love on a diet of crabs, lobsters and other creatures of the bottom of the sea.  They crush their prey with their powerful grinder teeth.

Another name for the sting ray is “stingaree.” – Dick Rogers