3 dangerous insects in the Amazon Rainforest

The Brazilian Wandering Spider

The Brazilian Wandering Spider is the most venomous spider in the world, they are called wandering spiders as they prefer crawling across the jungle floor looking for prey as opposed to building webs and waiting for the prey to come to them. These deadly spiders have been known to wander into human dwellings where they can hide in houses and vehicles and if disturbed they can bite and inject their deadly venom. Due to their small size, they are incredibly difficult to detect and until 1996, there was no antidote and 14 people were reported to have died as a result of a wandering spider bite. The spider’s venom causes extreme pain, inflammation and loss of muscle control which can lead paralysis and death.

Amazonian Giant Centipede

The Amazonian Giant Centipede is one of the largest centipedes in the world and measures roughly 30cm in length. This centipede has a varied diet and interestingly it not only feeds on invertebrates but it can also overpower and kill much larger creatures like lizards, mice, frogs and birds. The Amazon Giant Centipede has some interesting and effective weapons in its arsenal. Its primary weapons for killing weapons are a pair of modified legs called forcipules, it uses these to penetrate the victims and inject a toxic venom into the bloodstream. The centipede has the ability to climb the ceiling of caves where they can hold and manipulate their prey like bats with only a few legs attached to the ceiling.

Bullet Ant

The Bullet Ant is named after its potent sting and are definitely one of the creatures best avoided in the Amazon rainforest. The tiny insects have an incredible bite that trigger excruciating pain in the bitten area. The Schmidt sting pain index is a means of measuring pain from stings and the bullet ants sting is rated at 4+, which is rated higher than the Tarantula Hawk Wasp. Some victims have compared the bullet ants sting to being shot with a gun and once bitten, the victim develops an all-consuming pain that can torment victims for as long as 24 hours.

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