Most painful animal bite or sting in your country? Black Widow spider for U.S.?

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  1. Alastar Packer profile image70
    Alastar Packerposted 8 years ago

    Most painful animal bite or sting in your country? Black Widow spider for U.S.?

  2. iamJstyle profile image71
    iamJstyleposted 8 years ago

    I'm thinking it might be the Hobo spider, they are way more aggressive, fast, and will go after you if you miss a swatting at them. Plus they are bigger and scarier looking. I've had plenty of run ins with these guys in Idaho....not fun.

    1. Alastar Packer profile image70
      Alastar Packerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No kiddin' J. Wow, never heard of the Hobo spider so that is really interesting.. I thought there were only 2 bad bite spiders in US...BW and Brown Recluse.

  3. Rochelle Frank profile image90
    Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago

    For animal bites, I think Grizzly Bear or Mountain Lion bites are probably very painful.

    1. iamJstyle profile image71
      iamJstyleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hahah Rochelle I was sticking along the lines of insects!! But this is so true!!!!

    2. Alastar Packer profile image70
      Alastar Packerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Howdy Rochelle. Very good answers and one would think so. I've read about people who have survived bad bear and big cat bites and at least some say the body goes numb quickly and they almost find themselves out-of-body. Now later on may be different!

  4. Genna East profile image83
    Genna Eastposted 8 years ago

    Hi Alastar...
    Interesting question.  For the little guys?  Well, there is the rattlesnake; wasp; scorpion; jellyfish and stingray.

    1. Alastar Packer profile image70
      Alastar Packerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hi again Genna, long time...good to hear from you! Those are all good ones but my bet would be a box jellyfish. Almost half the time in a defensive bite, pit vipers like a rattler don't even release venom, or so I've heard.

  5. Phyllis Doyle profile image94
    Phyllis Doyleposted 8 years ago

    Uncanny that you asked this question, Alastar. I was going to ask the same question then saw yours. I know the Wolf spider has a very vicious bite. The Wolf spider can grow to a huge size and have no fear of humans. I had one in my apartment a few years ago and it would chase me. They are prolific here in the summer - fortunately I have become quite good at capturing them in a can that has a tight fitting lid then toss it into the dumpster.

    I was thinking of rattlesnakes, which are very common here in Nevada. I always give them lots of space when out on the mountain in their territory.

    1. Alastar Packer profile image70
      Alastar Packerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Synchronicity par excellence, Phyllis! Holy Mackerel, another one from out West didn't know about. The wolf spids round here are small, harmless, and eat bugs.Chased by big bad biter ones are a different animal altogether for sure!

  6. Austinstar profile image86
    Austinstarposted 8 years ago

    I HATE Scorpions! They have been known to crawl in bed - yes, in my BED! - twice and sting the heck out of me.
    It feels like a lit cigarette being put out on your skin. Then I found out that you can even get Tetanus (lock jaw) from scorpions because they crawl around in the dirt.
    The last time I was stung, I had to get a tetanus shot plus the 'wound' didn't heal for weeks. And it hurt a lot!
    We just killed one in my shower the other night. Why can't these horrid creatures stay outside???
    Don't like spiders or fire ants either.
    I have heard of the box jelly fish and wouldn't want to encounter one of those deadly things.

    1. Alastar Packer profile image70
      Alastar Packerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Confession here, Lena. Scorps have always spooked me. Can't imagine getting stung in bed like you. Some in mts. here but fairly harmless. What kind are stinging you? Hopefully not those very dangerous small bark one.

  7. Jackie Lynnley profile image86
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 8 years ago

    I don't know because I never see them bite me but I am getting bit over and over this summer by something! I suspect spiders. I had to take antibiotics once and it can be quite miserable.
    I must taste better all of a sudden; I have gone my whole life not afraid of anything and nothing bothers me (well except mosquitoes!) until this year. I dust sweep and spray my walls because I suspect the worst one I had I got while I was sleeping! I try covering my head but am just no good at that! Now buddy if I see one anywhere I chase it down and squoosh it!

    1. Alastar Packer profile image70
      Alastar Packerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Lordy, Jackie, we live in the same region and what in the world could be sneak attacking you like that?! Spider? Maybe. But I do know the only serious ones we have are the horrible bite BW's and B Recluses. Thank goodness we can rule those out.

  8. moonlake profile image86
    moonlakeposted 8 years ago

    I hate the bite of a deer fly. It hurts and last for days. If they get my forehead my eyes swell up.
    When I was a kid in California I was stung by a Portuguese man-of-war. Did that hurt, I thought it was blue/purple carbon paper on the water and tried to pick it up.

  9. Becky Katz profile image82
    Becky Katzposted 8 years ago

    The brown Recluse spider bite i more painful to me than a black widow bite. Mostly because treating it requires that you remove dead tissue, since these are a necrotic bite. It does not hurt when bit, but hurts later as the tissue dies. The black widow bite stings when bit, but seems to quit hurting shortly after treatment starts.

  10. peachpurple profile image80
    peachpurpleposted 8 years ago

    Red ants, those are called fire ants, very painful, swollen for weeks and itchy


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