Just a heads up here . Down at Contrary we have a healthy population of black widows . Many times while chucking rocks, I found them, not to
mention copperheads .. Probably true on many creeks around here as well .
Anyway, I was carrying a back pack at the maintenance event, and laid it down on the bank while panning .. Well, I brought home a critter .
I was digging around in the pack when I got home, when I felt a slight sting . Not bad, just unusual . Pulled out my hand, but didn't see
anything unusual . Didn't think much more about it ..
Later, my finger started to swell . Yesterday, it was turning black, and I was running a fever, and having chest pains .
Today it was just nasty .. I won't even post pictures of it .
Dr. says a spider bite . But not sure what kind .
I don't know either, but it came home with me in the pack . I suspect a widow . But ...
A black widow's venom is a neurotoxin (spelling?), and I did not experience any affects like is described for that venom . Other than fever and chest pains .. Dunno ..
But my point here, is be careful when leaving your gear on the ground .. Never know when you will get a hitch hiker . And you don't want this one !
UGA DAWGS FAN-ADDICT