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Attack Of The Indian Hairy Spider New Species Bites Victims!

Updated on April 11, 2013

How do you feel about a spider that not only leaps at you but hangs on while pumping poison through your veins? Yes sounds like the stuff of nightmares or a second rate horror movie. The only trouble is, this isn't a nightmare, in fact its very true.

I always wondered why everybody round the World hated spiders, even those nasty little tegenaria spiders that scoot across my floor trying to make it to the corner. Their legs going a hundred miles an hour, straight into the tiny hole that's conveniently there. How do they know?

Anyway, its seems that the reason why we hate the nasty little critters is that they are dangerous! Yes I know, I am telling you something you already know. Spiders can kill you, common fact.

But these spiders are different. The sweet little darlings watch you walking towards them and then they launch an attack that spider man would be proud of! Evidently the spiders fangs are something to be seen. So what's the story?


Where In India Is Sadiya?

Sadiya in India, is a small town based in the Tinsukia district of North eastern India. This is also known as the State of Assam. It is surrounded by the Himalayan mountains on the bank of the Brahmaputra river.

Sadiya Spider Attack

Back in May of this year, the 8th to be precise, Sadiya in India was celebrating a local festival when all of a sudden, out of nowhere they were suddenly inundated by hundreds of spiders coming at them from all directions! Can I hear you say yuck?

Evidently the swarm, yes a swarm, appeared suddenly and started to cause mayhem, biting everybody that came into contact with them. There was such a panic, that the festival goers actually fell over themselves, each other, and a few benches trying to get away from them!

But was that the end of the spider attack? Oh no, not that easy I'm afraid! The spiders, supposedly the size of a mans thumb, and possibly related to the Tarantula, decided in their wisdom to turn into the Borg, and on mass keep attacking the village every night!

Following the eight legged freaky spider attacks, two people have died. Now this is where it starts getting a bit confusing. Evidently, the bite causes the recipient to swell up, and in their panic the victim had gone to the local witch doctor who used a razor or some other sharp instrument, and cut out the poison. The person, or persons then died. Most scientists believe that the cause of death was probably the septicemia caused by the witch doctors knife. But at this point they can't be sure.

Official sources now say that the spiders are now showing up south of the Brahmaputra too!

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Killer Spiders? Maybe.

Scientists arrived from Dibrugh and Gauhati University on the 22nd May, and got straight into studying the eight legged freaky things. So far they haven't been able to identify the spiders. In fact its said that its probably a whole new species of spider. Whoopie da, can't wait to meet them!

They are said to be highly aggressive, and actually attack people without provocation. In other words you are just walking around cleaning your house, eating your lunch and then Wham! Got you by the throat! Never did like that Alien film!

How Do The Spiders Attack?

  • They leap at anything that gets too close to them.
  • After sinking their fangs into the skin, they hang on for dear life! And this was after biting!
  • The fangs are really strong and powerful! Yep can't wait to meet it!
  • The spider is the size of a mans thumb. So its not that big but very strong!

What Are They?

  • Scientists say they could be the Tarantula family or:
  • A black wishbone or:
  • Funnel web spider.

So Where Do They Come From?

Evidently at this point in time, the scientists don't believe the spiders come from India! So, by that assumption I presume they mean they have either come in over the border from another country, or maybe, and this is just guesswork on my part, they probably come from the mountain regions of their country. And for some reason they came down to escape a flood or some other natural disaster.

Or maybe they ate all the wildlife! (I can hear Jaws music in the background here!)

Its not the first time this has happened. Evidently recently Australia have had an attack of the spider variety, as have Pakistan too.

So far scientists believe that the actual deaths were caused by the witch doctor by mistake. But saying that, Jintu Gogoi, a local man who was actually bitten by the creepy spider from hell said that he was still suffering pain and nausea weeks later, and his fingers were still black and swollen.

Doctors haven't yet given out an antidote for two reasons, one being that the spiders have not proved to be deadly, and two they still don't know what species the spiders belong too.

New Species of Spider?

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Night Time Vigil

According to various sources, its said that the Indian villagers are still being attacked nightly by these creepy spiders. Its also said that the villagers have a nightly vigil where one of them keeps awake to make sure that their family won't get bitten in the night. Got the creeps yet? Yep, thought so!

Early reports stated that maybe it was all hokum, caused by mass panic, over indulgence in the festival, a snake bite, and two spider bites that were not harmful, and just over reaction. Since then a couple of reports say, well, no, that's not true.

So, at the end of the day, we will have to wait and see what the results are. I personally believe that the spiders are real, big hairy yuckers who latch onto the skin and sink their great big fangs into your face.

Please don't have nightmares!

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      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      This is so bizarre! What possible survival advantage could there be for the spiders to seek out people (and other animals?) to bite? Do they drink blood? Are they infected with a virus--shades of Rabies--that makes them go bonkers?

      You mentioned Funnel Web spiders. Aussies have been living with these beasties for some time. Because untreated bites can be fatal, a few precautions are in order if you move to the Land of Oz. When you go to bed, do not leave your sneakers on the back porch, no matter how stinky they are.

      Rated up and interesting.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Larry, thanks for reading, yes its so bizarre! my brother pointed this out when reading Fortean times, so I went to take a look and it had been in all the papers! I would move, get out and get on a plane! lol! it seems that it's a true story, so I will wait to see what has happened, nice to see you, and thanks

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Ok Nell, I hate spiders to begin with but this story just gave me the heebie-jeebies so to speak and freaked me out. Thanks for sharing and will not be going anywhere near that any day soon. Have of course shared and voted too!!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Janine! lol! I know just what you mean! spiders that jump at your face are just a big no no for me! I would emigrate! haha!

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      Lillian K. Staats 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Yikes! I always get a rise from reading your hubs! You have upped the yuck factor to 12! Great writing! Love yaz, lily

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi lily, Haha! now I have totally freaked you out thanks for reading! lol!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      What a great and creepy hub! It almost reads like a campfire story that pulls you in. Now I'm looking around my house for spiders and I'm not usually bothered by them. Awesome and Interesting hub! Voted up too.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Glimmer, I remember when I first saw this story, it freaked me out! lol! sorry to give you nightmares! lol! and thanks! nell

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      Travel Advisor 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Now we know how dreadful is spider attack and how lucky is Spiderman, to be able to survive from spider attack

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      Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Well, I'm glad I don't happen to live in India. We have little brown spiders occasionally here. They don't bite and are really quite shy. I find them when cleaning all the corners. I take them outside on a piece of paper, because, and get this old wive's tale--my mom says killing spiders brings rain. During the latest drought I killed one as a test case but felt rather bad about it--hey, presto, we got some rain that very night!

      These buggers in your very interesting article are very scary spiders. I don't know for sure what the real story is but would hate to be assaulted by one of these!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Nell... all of a sudden I have a few itches I never had before... certainly something to be concerned about for the people in the region. Keep your doors locked lol... "Nell on spider patrol armed with a can of raid and a broom"... go git em girl...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      Ha! I was just working on my beautiful spider web poem for my book, what irony! Well you have a spider that size come at me I reckon I would start stompin. Sounds like they are out for blood though, so hope none get transported here! Thank you for that amazing info Nell!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I may have trouble sleeping tonite and be plagued with spider dreams. I hope we are safe in Arizona. I am going to lock up the house and spray with anti-spider something or another. It is a great and explanatory hub. Thanks for sharing this rather scary information.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      That interesting, Nell.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      Pardon my error. I meant to type, that is interesting. HAH-HAH!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Nell,

      Our demonic cats are calling in the reinforcements! Yours in GB, mine in USA, they are networking the other evil creatures in the world into a mass revolution against the one creature that has no mercy with mother nature! I can see the communications spider, sitting at his little desk, behind his little computer, just waiting for the attack order to come. Woe is anyone who should get in their way! The attack of the killer spiders is upon us!

      Actually, it sounds like they have a hemotoxic venom that affects the blood system instead of the standard neuotoxic venom spiders normally exhibit. That's strange in itself. Kind of makes you remember, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature." Great Hub! Extremely interesting!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I have to put in an objection here Nell. I love spiders. They are beautiful intelligent creatures and they do a lot of good, by catching all those flies. I would never dream of harming one. My garden is full of them at the moment and I could spend hours just looking at them. If these people in India are so stupid as to go to a "Quack" witchdoctor over a spider bite, it's no wonder they are dieing.

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      Mazzy Bolero 4 years ago from the U.K.

      I will have nightmares about this, Nell:) The spiders in my house are creepy enough, but at least they all seem to be loners. I've never heard of spiders swarming, let alone attacking people for no reason. What benefit would there be to a spider in doing that? This suggests they are either a) from outer space or b) genetically modified and escaped the lab. I await the movie.

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      zeke2100 4 years ago

      Wow. This is very interesting to read about, especially since dealing with Black Widows in my backyard (which I wrote 2 hubs about). I am glad these spiders are not in my backyard. That would be scary.

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      Hillary 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Suddenly I'm itching all over. Very scary and creepy, Nell. I have a host of spiders who visit me at home but they are a timid bunch. I think they spread the word that I capture them in my handy dandy "katcha bug" and but them safely outside. Thank goodness they don't leap and attack like those you have featured here! ( I do like the blue one, though:) Cheers!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      In general I like spiders and think that they're interesting creatures. The dangerous ones are scary, though. This is a very interesting hub, Nell. Thanks for the information. I'm looking forward to hearing what scientists discover about this spider!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      There is no way to click on "spooky," "frightening," and disgusting," but that is exactly what I'm thinking, Nell! I hate spiders so much, I will scream and run from a room at the sight of the tiniest, harmless one I might see hanging in a corner or on a ceiling. I will not return until someone comes along to get rid of it! They definitely give me the willies!

      I'm afraid if I saw one like you have described, I'd pass right out!

      My grandsons had some plastic ones and I told them to NEVER bring them to Gram Dawg's or I would throw them out!

      I'm sleeping in a plastic bag tonight......a Giant Zip lock!!!

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      Shri Mc 4 years ago

      I too love spiders and can't imaging why they would attack unprovoked. Maybe they were a test study gone wrong. In any case it May be a good idea to get very little exposure to their poison like a vaccine if people are thinking of staying put.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell. I actually didn´t mind spiders too much until I read this hub, and will always go out of my way to capture any that look a bit fearsome and put them outside, I will also do my best to stop people killing them....however....Something as big as this beastie would give me a fright too. All spiders are venomous to some degree, even the ones we get in the UK. My late husband had a fear of spiders too, and like you thought they were all after "eating his face". Hope your new found knowledge doesn´t keep you awake tonight..Sweet dreams Nell :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Whereto, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Paradise, according to Fortean Times this month, they have found out that it is in fact true! arggg! lol! Fortean will be shown next month on the internet if you want to catch up on the story, they are always a month behind on here to sell mags, that's interesting about the spider and the rain, maybe theres something in it, for example the spiders come in before it rains? thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Rolly, haha! yep that's me, spider patrol nell! only thing is I carry a large book to drop on the horrible things! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Polly, lol! stomp away! I just hope we don't get them over here too! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi carol, that's funny you should say that! lol! evidently some guy in America has been inundated by loads of spiders in his house! not these though! phew! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      lol! I get ya Integrity! thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi rcrumple, lol! love your cats! yes we are ready for the attack of the killer spiders! yuck! mother nature does throw some strange stuff at us! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Sorry Housebuyer! lol! I think the reason why we hate spiders is because they are like mutant creatures, eight eyes and eight legs, can't be right! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi christopher, yes you are probably right there, I do like the little orb web spiders, they are so pretty, its just those horrible black spiders that run across my floor I can't abide! lol! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Mazzy, I think it probably was a natural disaster or something that made them come down from the mountains, not sure at this point, and yes there is bound to be a movie! lol! Just don't let me see it! haha!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi zeke, that sounds terrifying! black widows? oh my goodness! I would never go outside if they were over here! lol! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Hilary, lol! I catch them too sometimes, but I am afraid most of them get squished! usually with a book or a broom! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Alicia, yes it will be interesting to see what comes of it, I will keep this updated if I can, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi effer, lol! Oh those horrible plastic ones! they frighten the life out of me! especially the ones that have the bubble that you squeeze and make them jump! can you pass me a plastic bag too! haha! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Shri, that's a great idea, mind you I would not stay put! lol! I would move very far away as quick as possible! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi bac, lol! now I have that thought in my mind! eating my face, argggh! and no I will not be sleeping tonight! thanks, nell

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Yuck I don't even like to look at them. I hope they can get them under control. Poor people. I don't mind spiders as long as they're not in my house. Interesting hub voted Up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, This is so scary. I know it's serious but ILMAO at some of your comments. If i lived there i would MOVE...HaHa Really i do feel sorry for the poor people who live there, let's hope they can find a way to get rid of them. PHEW..

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi moonlake, I totally agree, how awful to live out there were those spiders are! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, lol! just telling the truth! I would run like a horse with a flea! haha! yes seriously, its a terrifying thing to happen, those poor people, I know they are used to big spiders, but still..! thanks as always, nell

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      WHOA!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      There are many spiders in my area but fortunately no tragic incident has happened so far. Some people in west java even use spider extract for hair tonic.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      After reading through the facts of this very hair-raising story, I did a double take on the Aliens photo post. It had me really jumping! Great read and hope that these spiders do not become an epidemic for India.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Now I know I really hate spiders.. OH MY !!!! A new species? this is too awesome.. I will share

      Debbie

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hmmmm, such an odd species. Sounds like a bad dream. Hope they don't make it to any other parts of the world on exports.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Just the other day a tiny spider crawled under my shirt and bit me on the side, when I tried to brush him off he bit my finger! He wasn't any bigger than the tip of an eraser on a pencil....now you're telling me about attack spiders that hold on that would probably push mem over the edge ;) If I lived in that town I think I'd have to move.

      As always you provide entertainment with your facts!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Yikes. I'm not a big fan of spiders to begin with, but that looks big and scary enough that I'd run away from them if I saw them. Of course, what scary is to have them jump on you even if you don't see them. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Integrity! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi agusfanani, hair tonic? Wow! I would be too scared to get near them let alone extract the tonic ingredients! mind you I suppose living in close proximity to them takes away the fear of them maybe? thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi teaches, lol! I couldn't resist it! yes seriously this is a horrible case, hope they sort it out for them soon, must be a horrible thing to have to watch out for, thanks, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Deborah, thanks so much, I really appreciate your reading and hub today, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi avian, yes I agree, hopefully they will find out exactly what it is and what's going on and isolate it, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi tills, ouch! its said that tiny creatures are worse than the big ones! good thing you are not allergic! yes I would move too, and pretty quick! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi alocsin, yes I would probably pass out with shock before the little darling got its fangs into me! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      You just had to add the creepy picture from Alien didn't you? ^_^ If I wasn't terrified of spiders before I am now! Thanks Nell. These little creeps sound awful. Voted up and interesting!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Mama Kim, lol! sorry about that! couldn't resist it! I hate spiders with a vengeance! lol! they are horrible aren't they? thanks for reading, nell

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      I had to stop reading at times, felt those goose bumps from the toe way up to my arms. They remind me of the IRS or some negative force. I guess they have cloned themselves into a more powerful species. Still feeling unsecure now. Checking my legs and under my bed. This was great! Sorry.... gotta go and lock my kitchen windows from now on!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi lord, haha! sorry for that, if its any consolation, I did the same after writing it, and reading about it the first time! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, my poor soul! I am so afraid of spiders. Now I am going to shudder for the rest of the night and will probably have a nightmare about spiders..... Eeuuww!

      Information well-presented, Nell! Voted up and terrifying :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Martie, sorry about that! lol! if its any consolation I had nightmares after writing about it! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Nell, voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Wow, if I lived there, I would be tripping out right about now. I hate spiders anyway, even the nice ones. We see one in the house and then we will trip our for a week. Hate em. Very interesting, makes you wonder what else is out there. Have a good one Nell:)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi lyric, thanks so much, yep me too! I only have to have a money spider in the house and I run out screaming! haha! thanks!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      OMG Nell! This is too horrible to contemplate. I suppose it may be like the aggressive African Bee in our southwest, which is by the way moving northward because of the global warming trend. I have known about the black widow and the brown recluse. And now to think that these buggers could board a plane and relocate all over the world--makes my skin crawl, literally!

      Thanks for the warning! Voted Up, Useful and shared.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi grandmapearl, I hope they stay where they are! lol! well, not for the poor people, but it would be terrible if they went to other places too, thanks for reading, nell

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Oh, Nell, this is awful. I hope they stay in India - sorry to all those that live there - I hope they don't come to the U.S. via someone's luggage or something. I hadn't heard about these spiders or what happened in India. Yuck is right! Thanks for the heads up on this! Voted up!

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      Christopher Price 4 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Nell,

      I may be the only one to mention it, but the spider in your second from last photo reveals this antagonistic arachnid to be quite a handsome critter...indigo-blue for the most part with a walnut brown bum. As spiders go this one doesn't appear nearly as creepy or scary as its reputation.

      It always strikes me funny when people panic, scream and run aimlessly around making no attempt to pluck the offending bee, wasp, spider or whatever off and get rid of it. "Oh, I don't want to touch it." Well guess what...the touching part has already been initiated, and you need to make your touch the one that counts.

      If it has its stinger or fangs in you it would be best not to squash it and perhaps force venom into your flesh, in which case you should pinch the beast between thumb and forefinger and squeeze until it is nothing but a nasty paste best removed with soap and water.

      It's better when you can get in the first "touch", and anything from a sneaker to a rolled up newspaper can do the trick, but a good quick hand-slap with bad intentions works just fine.

      When riding a motorcycle and a large armored insect flies up your sleeve or in your collar there is no time to pull over to assess the situation...reach around with your nonthrottle-hand to where your new uninvited passenger has been deposited and pinch shirt fabric and bug hard enough to crack a walnut shell if you can. You'll get a little stain on your shirt, but avoid a ruined afternoon with a painful bite or sting and maybe an unplanned Ambulance ride after wrecking the bike.

      Meanwhile, I'm staying away from India for a while!

      Thanks for the heads up.

      CP

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Heebie jeebies!!!! If one of these jumped on me, I think I would pass out. This is the first I have heard of this and I hope they don't come to the U.S. Scary, but interesting!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, can you imagine them coming in on the luggage? ye gods! crawling down someones back just as they are going through customs! lol! Ugh! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi tammy, yep me too! lol! they wouldn't need to bite me I would just go flat on the floor anyway! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      lol! thanks CP, yes I have done a number of squishes when on my motorbike! in fact the worse one was a dirty great dragonfly that smacked straight into my crash helmet! I had to carry on to work with road kill on my visor! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

      hey nell...fascinating hub. like snakes spiders get a bad rap by the few that are truly bad. and you must remember that there is ALMOST always a reason behind why an animal does what it does. i am no spider expert...but well have you ever seen the movie arachnophobia? it is possible that the spiders nesting grounds or something were disturbed during the festival and this caused the initial attack while the ongoing chaos resulting in that attack has kept the spiders stirred up. i read just recently a new spider species was discovered in a cave i think it was oregon, usa. it is possible the spider species has been migrating from elsewhere and just recently came into the area or some outsider brought it unknowingly into the area. small spiders eat small prey while larger obviously reguire larger prey, thus the larger fangs and stronger grip. there are spiders big enough to eat birds and they do. spiders can be very beneficial. one year we had a bad fly issue. we have the lovely wolf spider here. we allowed a couple to keep their webs in key places in the house as they were huge helps in keeping the flies down and the never bothered us. i remember one day startling one of them, as large as my palm it seemed, it jumped on my chest and sat there looking at me. i had my dad get a pickle jar and gently caught it and took it outside to the garden. it never offered to hurt me even though i startled it. voted up and shared

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi tlmcgaa, yes I agree with you, those spiders were probably disturbed with all the noise going on, oh my goodness you are so brave! lol! on your chest? that was gratitude for letting it live in your house! lol! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Rated up and interesting. What a fascinating bit of news...any thoughts of travel to that neck of the woods have been squashed for sure! Yikes...I'm wondering if any hubbers that are from that region have heard of this or experienced it first hand.

      Curious as to the species-new or morphed or what? Rated up and I/U

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Denise, lol! yep me too! I wouldn't go there if you paid me now! lol! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I love animals and anything to do with wildlife but maybe my good will won't stretch as far as these spiders.

      Not maybe but will not!!!

      Great read and I am now back uder mny old hub (Eiddwen)

      Enjoy your day.;

      Eddy.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Eddy, yep me too! lol! thanks and I will be over shortly you are just trying to confuse me now with all these names! haha!

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      GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      I got to get a few of these guys and have them sent to my EX he hates spiders. And well you know know how i feel about him lol Great Hub!! Thank you for the share..

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Ew! Yuck! This is the stuff of nightmares, Nell! SO glad I'm nowhere near that mess. I feel sorry for those poor folks! Oh, and thank you so much for the shout out! :) Voted up and sharing!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi GLs, lol! great idea! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Terrye, can you imagine waking up to see one of those staring at you? lol! thanks again, nell

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thanks, Nell. Now I will never sleep again!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Haha! sorry terrye!

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      LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Voted up and useful...for giving me nightmares! I loathe spiders! I seriously thought this was a funny bit of fiction at first.

      I try to ignore spiders (unless they are dangerous) and let them go about their way or put them in a jar and throw them outside. I'm pretty sure I would be carrying a torch daily if these things were in my neck of the woods. Very well done - I now know I do not want to go to THAT village. :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi LABrashear, lol! sorry about that! I know what you mean I hate spiders but try to leave them alone when I can, but not in that village! lol! thanks so much, nell

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      PADDYBOY60 4 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      I am not a spider lover. So all I have to say about this is aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Paddy, lol! that's it exactly! don't have nightmares!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I don't have arachnaphobia, but if a mass of them suddenly appear, it would be really frightening. Interesting creatures to think about!! Thanks Nell, and sharing.!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi midget, lol! I would run like, well, you know! thanks as always, nell

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Just what the world needs, attack spiders.I don't mind spiders really, but their walk is creepy, so I can imagine how unpleasant it was when they swarmed the village.

      I've been bitten by a spider before and the site of the bite started with one little bump that became multiple little bumps and the area turned black and incredibly itchy. I don't even know what kind of spider it was.

      I've read that we are always within 6 to 8 feet of a spider at any given time. Nice thought, huh?

      Well researched article. Thanks for sharing the info.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Cyndi, nell

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      These sinister spiders in India are one of the reasons I fear traveling. A spider that swarms and attacks and bites people is like a horror movie or one of those Nature strikes back at man movies such as the 1972 movie Frogs. From the photos it looks like its a Tarantula or a Trapdoor spider of some kind. In South America and Africa monstrous spiders measuring from 3 to 5 feet long exist and are said to eat pets children and any local wildlife it can catch. Its horrifying. Some truly horrible examples exist in the spider world such as Widow Spiders Recluse spiders Hobo spiders the Sydney funnelweb spider and the Brazilian Wandering spider. Some of the Trapdoor spiders and the Mouse spider are bad tempered and some Tarantulas are bad tempered with bad bites and some of them can fling their hairs and cause itching and rashes. The Haitian brown tarantula the Thailand black tarantula the African Babboon spiders and the Chinese Earth tiger tarantula are all very aggressive and have painful bites. The Indian Ornamental tarantulas have venom that causes agonizing pain sweating nausea vomiting and muscular cramps which lasts hours or days. The very aggressive Orange Baboon tarantula of Africa has an unimaginably painful bite which is said to feel like having a hot electric iron on one's body or being set on fire. This cranky spider has a venom which is among the most painful in the animal kingdom. A female victim bitten by an Orange baboon tarantula said the pain from its bite is worse than giving childbirth. Aggressive and venomous tarantulas are often kept as pets. People like them because soke species are colorful and pretty and because they are easy to keep. These are dangerous pets. Only a few tarantula species are docile and can be held in the hand such as the Pink zebra beauty tarantula and the Chilean dwarf flame tarantula. These are the only two species that I would occasionally hold. Most of the others are too aggressive too moody and too unpredictable for handling. The Sydney Funnelweb spider and the Brazilian Wandering spider and Trapdoor spiders are also very aggressive. Other kinds of spiders may also be aggressive and have nasty bites. Spiders are super ancient. Tarantulas may have existed as long ago as 405 million years ago during the Devonian period Paleozoic era and coexisted with Trilobites and Dinosaurs. Spiders were already ancient during the age of Dinosaurs. Some spiders are gentle pretty and harmless and others are violent repulsive and dangerous. This Indian species which makes unprovoked attacks on people is diabolic and devilish. Its a horrible spider and needs to be feared. Im glad I don't live in India. The Indian people need help to protect themselves from these 8 legged horrors. A spider this aggressive is something out of a horror movie.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Wow! now that is amazing information! why on earth don't you copy this back and make a hub out of it? I for one would be fascinated! thanks for all the great info, and yes yuck to most of these! lol!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Spiders are fascinating animals.Unfortunately some of them are dangerous and aggressive such as this unidentified Indian species. The aggressive and deadly Brazilian wandering spiders occasionally find themselves in banana shipments in America where they cause fear and panic. These highly aggressive spiders raise their fangs and threaten to bite at the slightest disturbance. Their venom is very painful and causes serious sickness. Ive seen them in videos and they are very bad tempered. These will literally chase a person across the room. These spiders are known to climb on brooms to bite the person holding the broom. This suggests they have strong eyesight. The Orange Baboon tarantula also has a very nasty temper and will literally flip itself on its back and strike at the air. Its always in a foul mood and will raise its fangs and attempt to bite anyone or anything that gets too close and as I wrote before their venom is painful beyond imagining. One source says their venom is more painful than a Rattlesnake bite! That is scary. Petstores that sell these sinister animals should warn any buyers about their very painful bites and their nasty tempers.Orange Baboon tarantulas are one of the reasons I fear going to Africa and one of the reasons I fear traveling. The Hawaiian islands have the large Cane spiders which are often found in hotel rooms. They are not as dangerous as they look and rarely bite people but they are big and rather repulsive looking. Its not something I would feel comfortable with. Jumping spiders are pretty and colorful and smart(for spiders.) Here where I live there arent too many dangerous spiders. We have black widows and brown recluses but fortunately I have not yet encountered any. The only dangerous spider we have is the small Yellowsac spider. Ive had them in my house and in my yard. Fortunately they are not very aggressive and I have not been bitten yet. But accidents can happen such as when a spider decides to crawl in beds on blankets inside clothing inside shoes or on toilets.Garden spiders and orb weavers also exist and also can bite but fortunately they are not overly aggressive and don't go out of their way to bite people. The tropical regions of the world have it worse than me. Thank you for allowing me to write.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Chase you across the room? Yuck! lol! no wonder they are called wandering spiders! they should be called scare the hell out of ya spiders! And why do petstores sell dangerous spiders? even more to the point why do people buy them? I would be to scared to go in my house! lol! now we get to the Cane spiders in hotel rooms, oh yuck! and the yellowsac spider in the toilet? oh for goodness sake, thank goodness I live in England! lol! now I will go to bed and have nightmares! lol! I tend to run out of the room when we get a normal house spider! thanks again for writing, and yes of course you can comment as much as you like, and thanks! I think.....LOL!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Large spiders such as Tarantulas fascinate people. Some of them are horrible diabolic Devilish animals. Many of them are colorful and pretty. Only a few of them make good pets. Only a few of them are docile and can be picked up in the hand. People should be aware that these animals have a sinister dangerous side. I have more fear toward these animals than admiration. Im no arachnophile. I have written on other hubsites about all kinds of subjects.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks anonymous, just read your other comment too, fascinating!

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