Daily Archives: May 15, 2010

Katipo Spider Penile Bite Leads To Heart Inflammation

Katipo bites skinny-dipping tourist.  Stuff.co New Zealand.

A lesson in shaking out your clothes before you put them on, after a dip in the buff.  Lest you find your private parts painful and swollen, after the sly Katipo spider hunkers delightfully down on your flesh.

“He woke to find his penis swollen and painful with a red mark on the shaft suggestive of a bite. He rapidly developed generalised muscle pains, fever, headache, photophobia [light sensitivity] and vomiting,”

If an increasingly painful penis wasn’t bad enough, the fellow developed chest pain.  Myocarditis apparently.  Swelling of the heart.

He was treated with anti-venom medicine and rapidly improved.