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Here's What Happens To Your Body When You Get Bitten By A Black Widow Spider

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Tom Hale

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clockApr 8 2016, 22:55 UTC
885 Here's What Happens To Your Body When You Get Bitten By A Black Widow Spider
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As you can probably guess by its name and the fact that they look like a supervillain's logo, black widow spider bites are no fun. These small spiders already have a notorious reputation, but do you know what actually happens if you succumb to one of their bites?

Within just 15 minutes, the spider’s cocktail of neurotoxins starts to take hold. From then on, things go from bad to worse, as this video from Tech Insider explains.

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But as tarnished as their reputation may be, black widow spider bites are rarely deadly for healthy adults. Furthermore, it's unusual for them to bite unless they’re provoked or feel that their eggs are threatened.

 

 


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