Spider Found In Bunch of Bananas Determined Poisonous

By KBJR Manager

Spider Found In Bunch of Bananas Determined Poisonous

April 28, 2011 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM CST

Hayward, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - An update on the spider invader story we brought to you yesterday. Duluth spider expert Larry Webber confirms a spider, found by a Hayward woman in a bunch of bananas purchased at the Superior Wal-Mart, is an extremely deadly type of spider.

Sheila Terry stopped at the store Tuesday night and picked up a bunch of bananas before heading home to Hayward.

She placed the fruit on her counter and when her husband pulled one from the bunch a huge, hairy spider, crawled out.

When the news center showed Larry Webber a picture of the spider, he wasn't sure what type it was - but after analyzing the arachnid under a microscope he told Sheila and her husband Dan that he is now sure it's a deadly Brazilian Wandering Spider.

"It's aggressive, it runs after it's pray. And so when it comes in contact with us that's what it's gonna do...it's gonna come at us more than others. They do have potent venom, but that's not what makes them dangerous. What makes them dangerous is the aggressiveness, which is so unusual in the world of spiders."

Sheila and Dan Terry said they contacted Wall-Mart about the spider in the bananas to make sure no one else makes such a dangerous find.

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