They’re pretty much universally hated. If you believe the tales,
these small arachnids are biting people all day, every day, producing
massive, stinking flesh-craters that require months of intensive care
and perhaps a prosthetic appendage. Sometimes, it seems these spiders
have nothing better to do than hunker down in dark corners throughout
North America, waiting for tender human skin to present itself.
Though there are strands of truth in the hype, on the whole, it’s bunk.
It is true that some of the spider’s bites lead to necrotic skin lesions,
but around 10 percent of them. The others (like the one at right),
aren’t that bad. The brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa) only
lives in a few states – basically, the warmer ones between the Rockies
and the Appalachians. And they don’t really want to bite you. It’s
actually not that easy for them.
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