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Venomous Spider Eggs Found In Bananas In London

Danielle Tarasiuk |
November 4, 2013 | 7:01 p.m. PST

Senior Reporter

(Brazilian Wandering Spider/ Creative Commons)
(Brazilian Wandering Spider/ Creative Commons)
Imagine biting into your favorite piece of fruit and finding a horrifying creepy crawler making its way toward your face. No, this is not a plotline for bad 80’s horror flick—it was a reality for one family in the U.K. 

Consi Taylor, 29, said she was eating a banana she bought from a Sainsbury market, when some spots she thought were mold, were actually spiders hatching. 

“I had a closer look and was horrified to see they were spiders. They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet. I was so scared I started crying,” Metro reported that Taylor said. 

Taylor sent a photo of the spiders to a pet control company, who quickly identified that they were probably venomous Brazilian Wandering Spiders.

The spiders, also know as Phoneutria, are native to South and Central America. If bitten the venom from the spider can cause convulsions. 

The pest control company strongly advised that Taylor, her husband, and two small children leave their London home promptly and stay at a hotel. 

Their home was fumigated and they then had to dry clean all their clothes before they could return home. 

“I hope I didn’t eat one but I can’t be sure. I now have a phobia of buying bananas. We don’t know whether they’ve all gone,” Consi told Metro.

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