UK’s Most Venomous Spider!!
'The False Widow'
Britain’s most venomous spider, called ‘the false widow’ is thought to be gradually spreading across the UK.
Environmental experts think that the dramatic climate change in the UK is encouraging these venomous spiders to adapt to live in new areas. ‘The false widow’ scientifically known as Steatoda nobilis was also responsible for a builder to nearly have his leg amputated.
Ricki Whitmore, aged 39 was trying to get rid of the creepy crawlies in a school when the false widow sunk its fangs and released toxic venom in his left leg. Ricki visited a walk-in centre where he was prescribed a dose of antibiotics for the bite, but was rushed to hospital in agony with a fever the next morning. After having his leg scraped and washed nine times, Ricki is now recovering at his brother’s home, where he chose to live to avoid distressing his children.
‘The false widow’ is a dark coloured spider with a shiny body and has pale markings on their abdomens. They are mainly found outdoors under old, murky places.
The bite of this spider can cause severe pain and swelling and sometimes people suffer allergic reactions. Female ‘false widow’ spider varies in size from 9.5 mm to 14mm whereas the male spiders vary from 7mm to 11mm.
Greg Hitchcock, a spider expert told the Huffington post “The risk of being bitten is very, very small. The reaction has been a bit hysterical. False widows keep to themselves. They only bite to defend themselves… They’re no more prolific than any other spider.”
If you encounter this poisonous spider the best advice given is to trap it in a jar and inform the local police or vets about it. But don’t worry because the False Widow is very rare around the UK and there are very few chances that you might encounter one.
Boston High Newsroom.