New Species of Spider Discovered That Rots Human Flesh

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Just when we thought that spiders couldn’t get any worse, a new species has been discovered that has a rather ghastly defense mechanism.

The little critter has been found to have the ability to rot human flesh with its venom, and it’s surprising not in Australia.

Yikes, right?

Keep scrolling to learn where this spider has been found, and just how you can avoid running into one…

Arachnophobia, or more commonly known as the fear of spiders, affects a staggering percentage of people here in the U.S.

Considering that (most of) these insects are relatively harmless, it seems quite silly that we freak out so much over them… Doesn’t it?

Some suggest that arachnophobia was a survival technique for our ancestors and that the fear has simply been conditioned into us throughout generations.

As some feel that arachnophobia is more likely based on cultural beliefs about the nature of spiders.

The fact remains that hundreds of thousands of us are completely terrified of the eight-legged arachnids, and nothing about that is going to change anytime soon.

Because we live in a country where most of our eight-legged critters can be caught with a drinking glass and a piece of paper.

Nope. Some places bring with them some monstrous, home-invading spiders that are too big for the old glass and paper trick.

Australia, of course.

Australia is completely riddled with gigantic spiders…

Remember this video? When some insanely brave Aussie guy attempts to capture a huge spider with what appears to be a large mixing bowl? And still somehow fails? Yeah, so do I…

But perhaps the most formidable of them all is the famous Huntsman spider.

Even though they’re mostly harmless (which is a rarity in that country…) their sheer size and speed have gained them quite the reputation.

A typical Huntsman’s leg-span can reach fifteen centimeters, while some have been known to reach thirty centimeters.  

The spiders, which tend to live in the woods and warm, tropical climates, are excellent forms of pest control, as they keep cockroach and mosquito numbers at bay.

Nope, despite how formidable they may look, the Huntsman spider isn’t venomous, and very rarely bites humans. Instead, they take shelter and hide until the coast is clear.

That they’re simply terrifying to look at. Sorry, it’s just a fact.

A new species of spider has been discovered in Mexico, and it’s pretty horrifying.

Researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the city of Tlaxcala made the gristly discovery recently of the Loxosceles Tenochtitlan.

The new species was discovered by biologist and university professor Alejandro Valdez-Mondragon together with his students Claudia Navarro, Karen Solis, Mayra Cortez, and Alma Juarez, according to the UNAM.

As it was discovered to be living in and amongst household furniture and fabrics in central Mexico.

But its defense mechanism certainly isn’t pretty.

Its venom has the ability to rot human flesh.

Lesions of dead flesh up to 14 inches (40cm) wide can be caused by an attack, but luckily, the critter is not thought to be lethal.

Professor Valdez-Mondragon told local media, “As it is very similar to the Loxosceles misteca we thought that it had been introduced to this region by the shipping of ornamental plants, but when doing molecular biology studies of both species, we realized that they are completely different.”

“We provide them with the temperature, humidity, and food to establish themselves in our homes, which puts us at risk of having an accident with them, although they also perform an important ecological function when feeding on insects,” Professor Valdez-Mondragon added.

Experts say the spiders can be avoided by keeping a neat and tidy house, removing any potential hiding spots. For more skin-crawling stories, keep scrolling to learn about the unfortunate lady who found a giant huntsman spider in her home…