If you are sufferer from arachnophobia, chances are you should not look for the clock spider original story since they can freak you out. According to urban dictionary, clock spiders are named after the story when a man takes 3 different photos of a spider behind the clock. The first one is the clock with some furry legs, the second one is the spider when the clock is gone (it is not stated whether the clock had been removed or the spider moved the clock itself). Whereas the last one is a horrifyingly giant spider with full of furry and big black eyes on it.
So until now you may wonder what this creature is and how people see it…
The answer is that this creature’s real name is Huntsman Spider or Camel Spider which belongs to a spider family named Sparassidae. Due to its unique appearance characteristic like long legs, eight big black eyes divided into two rows of four eyes each as well as flatten bodies covered with full of furry. These creatures are originated from Australia, Asia and spread all over to Africa and America. Their color is either grey or brown however, several of them have black and white underneath part of body with some reddish regions on the mouth.
These creatures are more likely to live under barks or rocks or sometimes they can enter into houses or garages and other shady places since they are not keen on sunshine. As for vision, their eyesight is not as good as that of jumping spiders. However, it is sufficient for them to recognize the approaching things or other creatures from a certain distance.
These clock spiders mostly live on insects and other invertebrates however, sometimes they do feed on shrinks and geckos as well. They also have a “cling” reflex if picked up, therefore, it is quite troublesome and difficult to shake off and tend to bite. Mostly they only bite for defense mechanism therefore, it is harmless. They are non – venomous so their bites may only cause local swelling, mild inflammation and itchiness. Sometimes, they can cause bleeding as well.
Several outstanding symptoms when you have got bitten by a huntsman spider are:
- A serious pain – The bite by clock spider can be quite troublesome and painful owing to its chelicerae which look like crab pincers
- Local swelling – due to the natural defense mechanism of our body, the bite by huntsman spider can cause trauma on the bitten spot as well as surrounding area.
- Bleeding – Relying on the size of the camel spider and the magnitude of the area bitten, there might be mild to serious bleeding.
Since their bites are not venomous so you actually can treat those bites by natural home remedies that are always available around you.
- You may want to apply a cold compress at first because this remedy can help you to relieve pain and reduce inflammation as well as itchiness caused by spider bites.
- Put some ice cubes into a washcloth and wrap it.
- Gently press it over the affected area and the surrounding tissue as well for several minutes
- At the same time, uplift the affect area to reduce the inflammation as local swelling.
Or alternatively, you can take antibiotic pills and mix with water to form a paste and apply the paste on the affect area as well. This may provide the same results as the first therapy.
The third method is that you can utilize some antibiotic ointment to the afflicted area as well.
Although these methods are recommended at home since they are always available and they are simple to follow as well, if you suspect any symptoms such as vomiting, headache, nausea and irregular heart pulse, you should see doctor as soon as possible.