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Old 27.07.2014, 11:12
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Re: Hallucinative Spider Bites Switzerland?

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Where exactly were these blackberries? ......... I quite fancy a trip.
Yes I would also like to know this... for science.
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Old 27.07.2014, 11:30
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Re: Hallucinative Spider Bites Switzerland?

Might be a plant? http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/swiss_cases.htm

In terms of number of cases, within the 135 reported in Switzerland, there were eleven plants resulting in more than one case. These were;
• Atropa belladonna, deadly nightshade, (42 cases)
• Heracleum mantegazzianum, giant hogweed, (18)
• Datura stramonium, jimsonweed, (17)
• Dieffenbachia, dumb cane, (11)
• Colchicum autumnale, naked ladies,(10 including 2 deaths)
• Veratrum album, sneezewort, (8)
• Aconitum napellus, monkshood, (4)
• Aesculus hippocastanum, horse chestnut, (3)
• Hyoscyamus niger, black henbane, (3)
• Oenanthe crocata, hemlock water dropwort, (2 including 1 death) ------>>>>>>>>> The smell of the plant causes giddiness.
• Taxus baccata, yew, (2 including 1 death)
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Re: Hallucinative Spider Bites Switzerland?

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For the record, the OP said in the original post that it was not for sure a spider.
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Old 07.08.2014, 09:24
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Re: Hallucinative Spider Bites Switzerland?

This is probably a spider though.

Meet Boris - poor thing couldn't climb up the plastic sides of my outside sink.

He didn't bite, so no trip today ...... he must like me.
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Old 07.08.2014, 09:30
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Re: Hallucinative Spider Bites Switzerland?

He's a fine looking chap, isn't he?

Must be that time of year again.
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Old 07.08.2014, 10:14
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Re: Hallucinative Spider Bites Switzerland?

I had this in my kid room, kids found it hanging on a curtain, the beast was 2 inches big, hairy and browner than yours, black/brown. What is that? A tarantulla?
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Old 07.08.2014, 10:16
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I had this in my kid room, kids found it hanging on a curtain, the beast was 2 inches big, hairy and browner than yours, black/brown. What is that? A tarantulla?
Nah, that's just a common giant house spider.
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Old 07.08.2014, 10:29
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I had this in my kid room, kids found it hanging on a curtain, the beast was 2 inches big, hairy and browner than yours, black/brown. What is that? A tarantulla?
Hope you didn't kill it.

..... and 2 inches is just a baby - the one above, one of his legs was 2 inches.
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Old 07.08.2014, 10:59
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Re: Hallucinative Spider Bites Switzerland?

Regardless, whatever bit you, you should probably carry an epi-pen if you find that you're allergic.. Never hurts to have it and not need it, rather than need it and not have it and whatnot.
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Old 07.08.2014, 11:34
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Re: Hallucinative Spider Bites Switzerland?

The spindly spiders that hang around in the corners of rooms eat baby house spiders. If you don't clear away the spindlys, you don't get ladies like Boris.
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Old 07.08.2014, 11:39
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The spindly spiders that hang around in the corners of rooms eat baby house spiders. If you don't clear away the spindlys, you don't get ladies like Boris.
Boris is not a lady, Boris is most definitely male.

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Boris is not a lady, Boris is most definitely male.

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Dare we ask? I'm guessing magnifying glasses and tweezers are involved?
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Dare we ask? I'm guessing magnifying glasses and tweezers are involved?
Quick house spider sexing tutorial.

Basically Boris' legs are too long and his body too narrow to be a female giant house spider. A females leg span is typically just under two inches and the body more rounded TiMow's Boris is pushing a good 3 inches, maybe more, on the leg span front and the body has more of a bullet shape.

Also you're unlikely to see a female out in the open as they tend to build their, rather messy, webs in quiet areas and stay put munching on hapless passing invertebrates. For most of the year the males do the same, but around this time of year the males come out of hiding and start looking for a mate, which is when you see them.
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Old 07.08.2014, 12:45
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Re: Hallucinative Spider Bites Switzerland?

I actually knew that. Now I feel very silly.
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Re: Hallucinative Spider Bites Switzerland?

There are most definitely spiders that bite in Switzerland. I know this because I have been bitten myself. I saw large spider in the house, but, as they don't bother me, I took no notice of it, but a couple of days later became aware that I had what was obviously a large bite of some sort on my leg. Thinking it to be an insect bite, I took no notice expecting it to go away after a bit. Two weeks later, it had become infected. My leg swelled to an unusual size, became very inflamed and I became decidedly unwell. On visiting the doctor, it was confirmed that it is indeed a spider bite, and will now take a while to heal, because I ignored it when i first noticed. May I suggest that, if you suspect that a bite, or sting seems unusually large, go to your doctor at once. Spider bites are nasty. I must add here,that I did not become hallucinative, only quite poorly.
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Does that sound remotely possible? Yesterday evening I was gathering the last of the blackberries from the forest, and it was getting dark. Often times when I pick blackberries in the thick there seems to be very colorful spiders lurking within. Such was the case in Siebnen, where I used to live, and was bitten on my hand, that caused it to swell.


Yesterday it was getting harder to see, and when I was about to pack it in I got stung on both sides of my face. On my right, "stronger" then on my left. It didn't feel like anything at first, but I could tell I was stung, then with minutes my entire right side went drastically numb. I was going in the house as it was and sat down. And very quickly my vision and perception got, lets say "loopy". My left side also got very swollen. For the record I had drank about 2 beers earlier in the evening. I didn't feel panicked, and within about 30 to 40 minutes the whole experience started to subside, and the swelling left.


I don't take drugs myself, so I have nothing to compare it to, nor would this be a side effect of drug use. And maybe it wasn't even a spider. But I normally react in terms of swelling to spiders in this way. I used to swell up with bee bites this way as well, as I am extremely allergic to them, but I have built up a bit of a tolerance to them over the years, partly because it my youth I was a bit stupid about bees.


Anyways, anyone know if this is possible from a spider or insect bite. Or from a particular plant brushing against your skin? I would have gone to a doctor, but I was in no state to drive, and the effects were gone before there was anytime to seriously worry about it.

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Old 22.11.2015, 16:03
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There are most definitely spiders that bite in Switzerland. I know this because I have been bitten myself. I saw large spider in the house, but, as they don't bother me, I took no notice of it, but a couple of days later became aware that I had what was obviously a large bite of some sort on my leg. Thinking it to be an insect bite, I took no notice expecting it to go away after a bit. Two weeks later, it had become infected. My leg swelled to an unusual size, became very inflamed and I became decidedly unwell. On visiting the doctor, it was confirmed that it is indeed a spider bite, and will now take a while to heal, because I ignored it when i first noticed. May I suggest that, if you suspect that a bite, or sting seems unusually large, go to your doctor at once. Spider bites are nasty. I must add here,that I did not become hallucinative, only quite poorly.
Welcome to the forum! Unusual first post.
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Welcome to the forum! Unusual first post.
Was it unusual because the OP didn't try to hit 10 fluff posts to try to sell something, or complain the price of Organic Broccoli?
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