Have you ever been bitten by anything dangerous in your life?

Redback Spider - The redback spider is native to Australia and is highly venomous!
@James72 (26829)
Australia
October 8, 2008 8:54am CST
I have been bitten several times by a redback spider which is a poisonous/venomous arachnid in Australia. I thankfully didn't have to go to a hospital for anti-venom on any of the occasions because I was quite heavy set at the time, but I was still amazed that something so small could cause so much pain! I have included a picture of one of these little buggers so if you ever see one, stomp on it or run like the wind in the opposite direction! lol. What about you? Have you every been bitten by a dangerous insect or animal?
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@mimpi1911 (25474)
• India
10 Oct 08
Don't tell me!! I am glad that those weren't severe but it must have been deadly! BTW, how did you manage to get bitten by so many buggers? lol... I, personally, have been bitten once by the most deadliest of buggers. Yes Life that was! Life has sucked out all my blood and sanity and left me scarred for life time. What do you have to say about that, James??
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
10 Oct 08
Well firstly mimpi, if life bites us then we have to learn to try to side step the gnashing teeth in future and in the worst case, bite it right back! lol. As for the redback spider bites, I used to read the paper outside every morning while sitting on some outdoor furniture and there was a redback spider hdign in one of the bolt holes. I used to tuck my feet up under the chair when I was sitting so the spider basically crawled out of the bolt hole and bit my foot! I never found it the first time and a week or so later the exact same thing happened but this time I found the spider and killed it. The third time was when a redback spider had fallen into my swimming pool and it got caught up in my chest hair and bit me while I was mucking around in the water. It was extremely painful on all three occasions and I was very ill for some hours each time as well. Thanks for the response and go practice your life biting!
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
10 Oct 08
I am not surprised that this person you know is traumatized as this sounds horrendous! I got these bites back in Australia mimpi, these spiders don't exist outside of my country to my knowledge. And sharpening your teeth is a good start! It never hurts to be prepared.
@mimpi1911 (25474)
• India
10 Oct 08
It doesn't, really! And I am right on.. Wish me luck.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
9 Oct 08
So you're saying this redback spider can be found in California too? Ugh! A dog once bit a part of my right knee when I was younger. That experience made me hesitate to come near dogs for some time but now I'm happily over it! I'm quite worried about cats attacking me though. So if you're heavyset, you don't need anti-venom anymore? What's up with that?
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
I don't believe they ar in California SaintAnne? At least I hope not! I have been attacked and bitten by dogs before too but I have no issues with them because of it either. When I say I was heavyset at the time, I mean that when I phoned the emergency centre after I was bitten they asked me my age, height and weight etc. Once I gave them this information they advised me to have someone watch over me for a few hours and to get myself to hospital if my condition had not improved after this time. Back then I was 20+ kilo's more than I weigh today and they were of the opinion that because of my body size the toxins in the spider's venom would not be fatal. If I had of weighed a lot less I would have possibly had to go and get anti-venom. If a child was bitten by one of these it can be very dangerous and possibly fatal. Thanks for responding and my advice is that you go and attack a cat first! lol. Get it out of your system!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
9 Oct 08
Thank you for letting me do my own research now, James. We have the redback JUMPING spider here in California, not to be mistaken for the redback spider in Australia. Bites are not fatal. Woohooooooooo!!!! I do not approach a strange cat. I only pet those that I know but I always get nervous the first time. You know my philosophy about fighting cats. Do you want me to make you watch another cat meowing?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
Please, no more singing cats for God's sake SaintAnne! Thank goodness the jumping spider you mentioned is not the same thing as the Australian redback. If it had of been the same and these things had suddenly learned to jump I don't think I would have ever gone home! lol.
• United States
9 Oct 08
I have been stung by scorpions several times. Only once or twice by adult scorpions. The other times were just little ones. In the USA scorpion stings are about the same as being stung by a wasp. Just put ice on it until the stinging stops. This takes about 1 hour. To get rid of scorpions out of one's house, it is necessary to use a general purpose insect spray regularily. This kills the insect prey the scorpions feed on and they will move. Since doing this, I've had no more problems with scorpions.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
I have only ever seen a real scorpion on a few occasions myself but they look pretty nasty! Especially their tails. I have been stung by wasps on a number of occasions and they hurt like heck so I am thankful I have had no exposure to scorpions so far. The way you got rid of them is a smart way to go about it' remove their food source and they go somewhere else. I am sure many people that don't do this would spend a lot of time trying to kill the scorpions directly and would never end up winning the battle. Thanks for your comments RYBD.
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• United States
9 Oct 08
Well, mother is the necessity of invention. Insecticides guaranteed to kill scorpions are very expensive and not what you can buy at the ordinary stores. To avoid an inordinate expense, I had to use my thinker.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
Lol. I think you got your quote a bit mixed up there RYBD!
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@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
10 Oct 08
I have been bitten by honey bees several times and once by a wasp.Both the experiences were terrible as I felt extreme burning pain at the spot where they bit.Worst was the time when I got bitten by a couple of bees on my forehead and then gradually along with the pain my full forehead,eyes and cheeks got swollen.I not only fought with the pain,I also had to wear dark big sunglasses and cover my forehead with my hair for two days. I can laugh at it now thinking back,but gosh it was bad then.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
10 Oct 08
I have been stung by bees too Daffodil, it's not nice at all is it. The stings on your forehead sound like they were really painful. What a terrible place to get stung! And wasps are even worse I reckon. I had one incident when I was trimming a hedge and I disturbed a wasp's nest that I of course didn't see. Next thing you know I am running down the street like a maniac looking like someone was shooting me in the back! Man they hurt! Thanks for responding and it's great that you can now laugh about the bee stings. At least you got to look like Jackie O for a couple of days with the big sunglasses!
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• India
10 Oct 08
LOL.Actually I didn't mention the whole story.The same day Four families including our's went to a nearby hillstation for a few days vacation.(It was preplanned) Now you can imagine my real plight.But the good thing is that in my photographs which were taken during that vacation, no one can make out that I was red and swollen.On the contrary I was looking very glam with all the starry style. (I wish I could upload it.But they were shot from an old camera and I don't have a scanner at home.)
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
10 Oct 08
Once again there is ALWAYS a silver lining Daffodil! lol. Every negative situation can always have a positive angle to it if we only take the time to recognise and appreciate it. Good for you for having this type of attitude.
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@maximax8 (30126)
• United Kingdom
8 Oct 08
My home country doesn't have any dangerous animals or insects. When I was a teen ager I was cycling along and I got knocked off it by a dog that bit my arm. I love dogs though. I am keen on traveling so I frequently spend time overseas. I got bitten by a horse fly in Kakadu National Park and that was really painful. I have snorkeled with sting rays and black tipped sharks when I was in French Polynesia but I didn't get stung or bitten. In Belize I saw a more gentle looking one, a nurse shark. In Kenya I got bitten by mosquitoes and I had to stop taking my anti malarial pills because of the side effects. Luckily I didn't catch malaria. Tiny spiders in Australia can be dangerous like the red back and the funnel web but the large one called the hunts man is harmless. We were walking across Great Keppel Island and saw a snake. I am so pleased he didn't bite because some can be deadly poisonous.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
8 Oct 08
You are lucky to not have any dangerous animals or insects in your country maximax! ANd I have been bitten by a dog myself so can attest to how much that can hurt! If you were to list all the Australian animals, insects and marine life that was poisonous or deadly and showed it to a potential traveller they may decide not to even come! lol. But the reality is that although my country does have many of these things problems with them are actually very rare. I know the horse flies you refer to and have been bitten by them myself. They don't just hurt, they're big and ugly as well! lol. The funnel web is geographically restricted to certain parts of New South Wales so thankfully not a nationwide issue; but the redback can be found all over. And as for the huntsman, yes they are harmless but they can be very scary to those that don't realize this. I remember finding one in my garage that was massive. If you had of put it on a dinner plate it's legs would have reached all sides! Thanks for sharing all your experiences and for respoinding to the discussion.
@zhuuraan (961)
• United States
9 Oct 08
Rofl holy cow that's a huge spider! Makes a Tarantula look like a dwarf rofl! I'd love to see one of those up close!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
Huntsman Spider - The Huntsman Spider is very common in Australia. They are not venomous.
They are hairy like a tarantula zhuuhaan but their bodies are far smaller in size. A Tarantula is more of a rounded, fat type of shape whereas a huntsman spider is longer and thinner. They also have long legs which is what makes them seem so large! The scariest part of all is that they can jump as well! They are great to have around the house though because they kill and eat cockroaches and other troublesome insects. Here's a picture of one!
• Philippines
11 Oct 08
I am scared of spiders and snakes. And I do not want to be bitten by them, it might cost my life. I have not been bitten by dogs too (and I do not want to be bitten by them). I wish and hope that I will never be bitten by anything dangerous. I am scared.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
11 Oct 08
I have thankfully never been bitten by a snake before but I have come close! There are a lot of them in my home country of Australia but if you use common sense they can be easily avoided. Thanks for the response karamellized and I hope that you never get bitten by anything either!
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@myklj999 (35598)
• Olney, Illinois
9 Oct 08
Yeah, I was bitten by a brown recluse spider a few years ago. To sum it up in two words: IT SUCKED!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
Before I started this discussion I had never even heard of these brown reculse spiders! They sound pretty nasty. The redback bite sucked also. Actually if you replace the first letter of the second word you used to sum it up with an "F" then you will know exactly how I felt when the redback spider bit me!
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
9 Oct 08
Aargh just looking at that picture sent shivers up my spine. I don't like spiders, any spiders lol I've been bitten by a dog on my way to school. I think I was about 9 years of age and still have a scar from it. It wasn't serious but still I was shaken up for days after that.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
I am not so keen on them either. Not even their webs when you walk into them because you get scared that the spider was in it! lol. I used to volunteer at an animal shelter and had a dog attack me while I was trying to exercise it. The bites hurt like heck but the tetanus injections after were ten times worse! Thankfully I have no scars like you ended up with but I was pretty shalen too at the time. Thanks for responding to the discussion maddysmommy.
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
Hello! Yes, I've been bitten by a spider several times before. I was bitten by a tarantula, I can't remember what kind, and had a fever. I was rush to the hospital when my mother learned about it. I was still a kid then so I was afraid to tell her. Lol. I was injected with an anti-venom and was discharge a day later.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
Hi! The thought of getting biteen by a tarantula is not a very nice one at all. They are so big and scary looking I am not sure what I would do if I saw one on me at all! I would like to hold one though just to try to get over my concern for them but I have never had the chance. Thanks for the response and I am glad all ended up OK after your bite. At least you have a good story to share from it!
@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
fortunately no... i live in a city and i hardly find insects in the place where i live... so i never experienced being bitten by a venomous insect... that will be really scary for me... take care and have a nice day...
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
Lucky you lingli! It IS scary at times to be honest to think that creatures that are so small can cause so much pain! Thanks for responding and good day to you also!
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
9 Oct 08
Not by a dangerous insect,but i do remember being bitten by a mad dog when i was 6 years old. One terrifying incident it was. The observation of the dog later revealed that it was not rabid, but still it was sent to the pound and put to sleep. My trauma continued for a period of 14 days of those horrible injections in the stomach.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
Thank goodness it was not rabid alok! So many children are attacked by dogs around the world each year and it always horrifies me when I read about it. It is such a scary situation for a child and I am glad to hear that you came out of it OK even with the discomfort from the injections. Thanks for sharing.
@zhuuraan (961)
• United States
9 Oct 08
I have never been bitten by anything worse than fire ants, though they do hurt like crap! Even a single one causes a lot of pain, even though they can't kill you or nothin, but I stepped in a fireant bed once and needless to say that hurt a lot cuz they were swarming on me. I disagree with you about stomping on the spiders though. I am an animal lover and I believe in respecting them, even the dangerous ones. I agree to get as far from it as possible, but not to kill it. Besides, spiders kill other insects that are even bigger pests. Without them, flies, gnats, mosquitoes, and all sorts of things would be running, or flying rampant! Just stay as far away as possible if you see them, especially if you're not sure what to do.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
I have read a lot about fire ants and I certainly wouldn;t wish to be bitten by them! It sounds very, very painful. I have responded to your comments about killing spiders above zhuuraan; but just to restate my point, I agree that we should not kill other creatures and 99 times out of a hundred I most certainly will not kill anything! But when it comes to a spider that hides around my home that will potentially kill one of my children if they are bitten by it; then it is in my best interests to eradicate them. Kids that are very young find it hard to understand the concept of getting away from them so I am just not prepared to take the risk! I am sure all parents here will understand what I am saying here. Thanks for the response.
@successlog (3172)
• China
9 Oct 08
hello james,it is a sad thing to be bitten by the dog.and till now.l remeber it very clearly.when i was only 7 years old,one afternoon, when i went to my ancle's house,and in the half way,i was bitten by a big yellow dog.I was so achy, i cried and cried.and i was taken to the hosipital to inject the anti-virus medicine.After that time, when i see a strange dog, i will be far way from it.Because, i am afraid of it now.It is just real, not a joke.lol good luck
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
Hi successlog. I know many people that are still afraid of strange dogs fopr the very same reasons. I have been bitten a number of times myself but thankfully dogs don't worry me because of it. It does hurt! Maybe the injections you had were anti-rabies shots or something? Either way it doesn't sound very nice at all. Thanks for responding to the discussion.
@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
8 Oct 08
Ouch I got chills just looking at the picture :/ I heard that if a black widowspider (it looks quite similar) bites you it is not only dangerous but really, really painful. Im glad we dont have anything like that here. There are some really small animals that could carry diseases, am not sure what they are called in english, but I got those in woods many times. Its not painful but it can be dangerous.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
8 Oct 08
It's not a very nice looking spider at all is it! Given the pain it caused me I am happy that you don't have anything like that either! lol. From what I know of the Black Widow they do seem to have a similar effect when they bite so I sure do feel sorry for anyone that has been bitten by one of them. Thanks for responding mojcica and stay out of those woods! lol.
• Malaysia
8 Oct 08
HI james i was bitten by small red ants ... many times ... it can actually make the parts swollen ... as you said small yet painful cheers
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
8 Oct 08
Hi sanjana. I haven't been bitten by red ants before but I have been by other types of ants. Some of them were also very painful but thankfully nowhere near as bad as the spider bite! In Australia we have this huge bull ants and they hurt like crazy. This is another example of wondering how something so small can cause so much pain! Thanks for sharing.