Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tarantula Bites Underlying Cause

Most tarantula bites are caused by tarantulas that do not carry venom. A tarantula bite caused by a tarantula that does carry venom, results in more damage to the skin.

Tarantulas that do not contain venom include:

  • American tarantula
  • Caribbean tarantula
  • European tarantula

Tarantulas that contain venom include:
  • Peruvian tarantula:
    • May cause a large wound
    • May damage nerves around the wound

Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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