A terrifying and previously undiscovered species of venomous spider was discovered in Mexico that can rot human flesh in a single bite.
According to scientists who have studied the beast and its victims, venom from this spider has caused areas of dead flesh that are up to 14 inches in length.
Despite the gruesome wounds that the spider can cause, the venom is not deadly in itself, but the resulting infections could be potentially fatal if not treated properly.
When treated, the wounds still take many months to heal and will usually leave a permanent scar. However, children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems should be very wary of these creatures, as the venom will be much more dangerous for people in these conditions.
One of the most threatening things about this species is that it has crawled out of the wild and into the homes of many unsuspecting residents.
Researchers say that these spiders like to hide in household furniture and fabrics. The species was just recently discovered, and given the name “Loxosceles tenochtitlan” by researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
The spider was initially found by biologist and university professor Alejandro Valdez-Mondragon, along with his students Claudia Navarro, Karen Solis, Mayra Cortez and Alma Juarez.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the South American Goliath birdeater is the world’s largest spider.
The specimen’s legs can reach up to one foot and it can weight up to 6 oz. Birdeaters are one of the few tarantula species that lack tibial spurs, which are usually located on the first pair of legs of most adult males.
The second-largest spider in the world is known as the Huntsman Spider. The Loxosceles tenochtitlan may not be as large as these creatures, but it is certainly far more dangerous.