Congolese Spider Bite ID
September 14, 2013 1:30 AM Subscribe
I know this is a virtually impossible task- any ideas?
posted by tealcake to science & nature (7 answers total)
I was bitten by what I am assuming was a spider in Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo just over two weeks ago. It definitely happened while we were sleeping. I woke up with two fang marks that are almost a centimeter apart on the underside of my forearm. I didn't think much of it except, "Wow, that must have been a huge spider." The next day, an area about 8 cm in diameter around the bite was red, swollen, and extremely itchy. I used all my self control to not scratch and was largely successful. The next day the area immediately surrounding each fang mark was tinged yellow and still VERY itchy (the redness and swelling were still there). Each day after that it got a little better and for about a week now the only remnants have been small red spots around the fang marks, which are still visible.
Any spider that would be big enough to make the mark and lives in the area seems like it should have made me way sicker than itchy and swollen. Could it have been something else? I think all the snakes in the area are venomous too.
I'm not worried about dying or anything like that - just curious!