Jim was strolling the Peruvian Amazon forest and came across this cute little Tarantula. According to the local guide they don’t bite unless crushed so pick them up very carefully. . . unless they have a red spot on their backs. Those you don’t touch.
Spider Bites – Avoid and Treat
Of around 50, 000 species of spider only a very few are dangerous to humans, although arachnophobia is not without some basis, with several animals that can cause death or at least very nasty, long lasting wounds and excruciating pain from their venom.
Some people react badly to bites that others would shrug off easily. However spider bites are generally rare and hardly ever fatal, especially with access to anti-venom. They are nowhere near as dangerous as venomous snakes.
USA has two spiders which are considered life-threatening
South America has several dangerous spiders
Brazilian Wandering Spider – a large one which travels Amazonian forest floors away from a web, is highly aggressive and can kill children.
Tarantulas – the largest spiders, have venom but generally only equivalent to a strong bee sting and they do not attack unless crushed. See photo at top.