India: People Killed in a Spider Attack – Fact or Myth?

  • toOlaf Kobacic


Countless tarantulas attack a village in India: the media are talking about a new species, but there is no clarity until today.

It’s a nightmare scenario, straight out of a horror movie: Countless huge hairy venomous spiders invade a small village in northern India. The aggressive animals reportedly bite “at least a dozen residents”. It was said that two people died as a result. The world media is talking about an “unknown species” resembling a “tarantula” that may soon arrive in Germany. Noor: Officially, the eight-legged perpetrator has not been announced, as mentioned.

The attack of a large poisonous spider on an Indian village in the state of Assam took place ten years ago. It could also be repeated elsewhere due to climate change, scientists confirm. However, the species sold worldwide as an “unknown spider of death” by the media is not guaranteed to be lethal. And: in the list of the five most dangerous spiders in the world, they should not even be mentioned. But how did this horror report on potential tarantula species come about?

Tarantulas are killing people in India: terror attack or myth?

You need to know that the tarantula does not actually exist. In fact, the gruesome name unites only representatives of the wolf families and the tarantula family, which also includes a truly terrifying giant. Perhaps the small village in India has become a victim of a special phenomenon that tarantula friends enthusiastically take care of. On the forum of the German Society of Herpetology and Soil Science (DGHT), the user leaves an important note: “I think some male tarantulas were walking around and trampling the feet of the villagers!”

family Tarantula (Theraphosidae)
ranking Web spiders (show me)
Biodiversity 979
food Large insects, scorpions, millipedes, small lizards, poisonous snakes and rodents, as well as small or sick birds
The effect of the bite on humans From harmless but painful to muscle cramps and drowsiness

However, it is not known in Sri Lanka or India that male tarantulas migrate in search of a bride – but from South America. But there are hairy eight-legged creatures, which also include a representative of the “tarantula-like” tarantula found in Germany, much more harmful.

However, according to Ruth Beckstein’s doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, tarantulas native to Asia have a venomous bite that can lead to the following symptoms in humans:

  • pain and drowsiness
  • signs of paralysis
  • Cramps up to a week

Two killed after a spider attack on an Indian village: This is behind it

This means that the animals mainly found in this region are the eight-legged spiders, known in Germany as the panther or the ornamental tarantula because of their remarkable coloring. These have a much stronger poison. A: Their sub-families Poecilotheria Although considered rather aggressive, it cannot be used for such an Indian invasion because the most venomous spiders in the world are able to manage them again and again in Australia. Then what kind of tarantula is this? How does the possible intermixing of species occur?

According to numerous media reports, the aggressive tarantulas were black. The description of events, in turn, directs the drama to adventure – because: more dangerous than the loud bites of the animals themselves wilt “Treatment by miracle workers who cut wounds (after venom bites) with razor blades”. The infection is responsible for the reported deaths that an invading spider could have inflicted in Europe without the influence of human “miracle healers”. It is known that animals spread, reproduce and adapt as a result of global trade.

New tarantula species invade the village: climate warming and globalization encourage spread

It is not yet known what new species of tarantula is behind this phenomenon in northern India. The only truth is that humans are driving both global warming and global trade. A deadly combination that ensures the spread of the eight-legged neozoa. Like these eight species of spiders. The animals brought in are causing enough panic, especially in supermarkets.

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