When traveling to the south of the border into Mexico, you may want to avoid exploring any and all abandoned mine shafts. These dark and dank locations seem to be hotbeds for giant spiders that do not appear to be of this world. One such spider was recently discovered in a mineshaft that was located in Baja California Sur. The spider has been labeled as a wandering spider, and it is sporting to red fangs that would give anybody a jolt.
The spider has been officially named the Califorctenus cacachilensis, and it seems to be a relative of the aggressive and highly venomous Brazilian Wandering Spider. A bite from a Brazilian Wandering Spider (BWS) can cause painfully long erections that can last hours in male bite victims. Luckily for the researchers that stumbled upon this relative of the BWS, this new spider does not possess venom that causes such nightmarish symptoms. The spider is, however, extremely venomous, so you still want to avoid a bite from one of these monsters at all costs. However, one researcher did sustain a bite from the newfound spider, and apparently, he did not need medical attention, but you still would not want to keep one of these hairy eight-legged creatures as a pet.
This newly discovered spider is unofficially known as the Sierra Cacachilas Spider. These spiders belong to a family of aggressive spiders that contain five hundred different types. When these “cave” spiders find a suitable prey, these spiders will chase them down until they are too tired to continue, and that is when this cave spider happily consumes its well-earned meal.
The first hint that this giant spider existed was left in the form of an exoskeleton that the Cacachilas spider shed long ago. The sheddings were discovered in 2013, and once researchers laid their eyes on its sheer size, they knew that they were dealing with a whole new species of spider. The spider is currently undergoing tests that are aimed at gaining a better understanding of this mysterious spider’s nature.
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