New Species of Spider Discovered That Rots Human Flesh | 22 Words

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...

It's probably the most common phobia...

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

But why are we so scared of the creatures?

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

Psychologists hold many theories over our somewhat irrational fear...

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

Though not all psychologists believe this...

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

But, whatever the reason may be...

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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.

Though we do have to count our blessings...

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.

This isn't the case in some countries...

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

And there's one country that instantly springs to mind...

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...

The country is notorious for its massive creepy crawlies...

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

Huntsman spiders are probably the most feared spiders in Australia...

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

They're sickeningly huge...

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

But Huntsmans are generally quite respected in Australia...

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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.

And they pose no threat to humans.

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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.

But none of this changes the fact...

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

But it seems that Australia has some competition...

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

It is a significant scientific discovery...

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

A team of researchers worked together to make the discovery...

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.

The little critter seems to prefer the indoors...

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

It isn't the biggest species of spider to be discovered...

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But its defense mechanism certainly isn't pretty.

Its venom has the ability to rot human flesh.

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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.

The academics initially mistook the spider for another species...

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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."

Known as a recluse spider, the eight-legged critter is most comfortable hiding in holes, between objects, furniture or in walls.

"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.

A tidy house is the trick to keeping these critters at bay, apparently...

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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...