An English taxi driver stumbled across the world’s most venomous spider in a banana bunch at the supermarket.
Fortunately for Joe Stein, the dead spider had expired long before the father brought the fruit home to his kids, according to Fox News.
Stein told the Southwest News Service he was shocked to find a two-inch long dark mass between his bananas. When it started to twitch, the man concluded it was an arachnid.
With one of the most potent spider venoms, the Brazilian wandering spider boasts quite a reputation. But did you know these spiders are shy and try to avoid any contact with you? And did you know their venom contains compounds that have medicinal properties? So, not so bad… pic.twitter.com/OhPFhc8HFB— Gil Wizen (@wizentrop) December 20, 2018
“I sort of had to refocus my eyes so I could see his big bony, hairy legs,” Stein told the news service. “It was a bit shocking! Obviously, I was shocked. My girlfriend was a bit shocked, finding out it was a venomous spider if alive.”
Stein told the news service that the sight of the spider made him feel on edge and that he wanted to “make people aware and to be careful.”
The man threw the bananas away and then pulled them out of the garbage to identify the spider.
He said he emptied the bag into a plastic box, and when it fell out, he put a plastic top over the package in case the dead spider had any tagalong friends.
After a quick Google search, the man concluded it was the deadly-legged culprit.
Another Crazy Banana Spider Story
In 2016, a Bolton, England shopper had hundreds of tiny spiders run out of bananas.
USA Today reported that Declan King told the newspaper he was never eating bananas again after becoming a daily banana eater.
The 22-year-old man suspected that the spiders could be the deadly “Brazilian wandering spider” variety. He took the bunch back to the Tesco store, but they just wanted to refund his money.
The man said store employees “weren’t bothered. They didn’t even check any of the other packs of bananas for other spiders.”
The supermarket chain sent the spiders for testing and told King he’d know what they were within 14 days. The company also said it worked hard to inspect and clean the millions of bananas sold by the store every week.
For King, that’s not as comforting as it could be. He told the newspaper that he had two bananas from the pack he bought and only discovered the spiders after peeling a third banana. A local wildlife expert said that the spiders were too young to determine what species they were.
Wandering Spider A Deadly Fellow
The spider’s desire to roam forest floors at night helped scientists name it. Also known as Banana Spiders, the Guinness Book of World Records gave it its title as “most venomous spider in the world.”
These spiders are found on banana leaves in the wild and are native to South America. During the day, they love dark and moist places. The spider lives in termite mounds, under fallen logs/rocks and banana bunches.