One of the scariest and most aggressive creatures in Costa Rica is known as the “Brazilian Wandering Spider” (photo above). The scientific name of this genus is Phoneutria, which is Greek for “murderess”, and there are eight known species.
When I visited the insect museum in Monteverde, the experts there told me that there were no dangerous spiders in Costa Rica. My friend Arlo, who has a PhD in Bug-ology, also confirmed that Costa Rica doesn’t have this species. However, when he saw the proof of my first video (the first video below) he changed his mind!
Often listed as one of the most venomous creatures in the world (http://villageofjoy.com/10-most-poisonous-animals-in-the-world/), it turns out that this spider (the star of the movie “Arachnophobia”) lives not just in Brazil, but ranges all the way up into northern Costa Rica.
The venom of this spider has been tested and proven to be the only spider poison more deadly, drop per drop, than the black widow. And, it’s about 100 times the size. In Brazil, many deaths are reported every year from this spider.
Its neuro-toxic bite will cause intense pain, as well as difficulty in breathing, loss of muscle control, paralysis, and then asphyxiation. If that doesn’t sound bad enough, then get this… the venom also causes priapism in men. Priapism is when a man gets an erection that doesn’t go away for hours, and if it lasts more than 4-5 hours, gangrene and rot will set into the effected “member” Boner scientists are apparently doing research with Phoneutria venom to find a new and improved recipe for Viagra, as reported in this article:
Video of when I first discovered that this spider lives in Costa Rica, when I didn’t know what it was:
Video of me catching another one: