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Bloodthirsty 'Vampire' spider found

Posted on Tuesday, 1 November, 2005 | Comment icon 16 comments


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"Like the character Count Dracula and his real-life vampire bat counterparts, a small, East African jumping spider has a taste for blood, according to a recent study."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by rane on 2 November, 2005, 2:29
HAHAHA yay! i was wondering a week ago if there was any spiders that do this type of feeding, and BAM! i get information on it here!...and now i still wonder if there are any spiders that fly...and would those be related to the ones that are claimed to create "angel hair" on grass and such? whoops rambling..protien shake?..*runs to the kitchen*
Comment icon #8 Posted by AztecInca on 2 November, 2005, 2:42
Very interesting indeed. Too bad we dont have these spiders down here as it is closing in on Summer when the Mosquitos are out in force! Then again we do already have far too many spiders already!
Comment icon #9 Posted by bathory on 2 November, 2005, 6:29
don't worr, spiders can't get much bigger than they are now, simply because it would be physically impossible for their passive internal systems to work.
Comment icon #10 Posted by sypher7 on 2 November, 2005, 15:53
Jumping spiders are actually some of the friendliest spiders around. They don't bite humans (can't pierce the skin) and some of the larger ones are known to make good pets.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Baku on 2 November, 2005, 17:16
Jumping spiders are actually some of the friendliest spiders around. They don't bite humans (can't pierce the skin) and some of the larger ones are known to make good pets. friendly maybe but good pets? I prefer a dog or a cat
Comment icon #12 Posted by snuffypuffer on 2 November, 2005, 17:47
Can you just picture your giant jumping spider running up to greet you, wagging it's abdomen and drooling? Just like Dino!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Arsenik on 2 November, 2005, 18:50
I could use a few of those over here!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Lord Umbarger on 2 November, 2005, 20:56
I agree with Arsenik, anything that eats mosquitos is a good thing. H*ll, if they'd let me, I'd breed the d*mned things in my back yard! It would be an Arachni-ranch! As silly as that sounds, just think about all the diseases that mosquitos carry. I still think that they can carry AIDS. I don't care what the Governmment says. Nonetheless, I'd buy this spider a Bloody Mary next time I see one.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Yelekiah on 2 November, 2005, 21:05
But don't worry about mosquitos, they cannot transmit AIDS.
Comment icon #16 Posted by laveticus666 on 8 November, 2005, 0:18
hey u guys want to see a big spider google image the camel spider.


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