In 2006 a new tarantula species was discovered. They are called "diving tarantulas" because of its ability to survive under water by creating air bubbles. Just the thought of meeting a tarantula in the water is enough to give us chills.
Normally, tarantulas live in colonies of 200-300 spiders, but in the village of Maningrida in Australia there recently was discovered a plain with 25,000 diving tarantulas. Australian newspapers have given the area the nickname "Field of Screams".
One might think that a "Field of Screams" would get people to flee the place, but Robert Raven, who is an arachnologist, believes that the giant gathering of tarantulas will be good for the local community.
To The Sydney Morning Herald, he says that 25,000 specimens of tarantulas in one place is valuable for researchers, and could possibly put little Maningrida on the map.
The spider expert do not want to take on the task of researching the mega colony himself.
- Some young people have to take the job, you must be able to run, says Raven.
But not because of the spiders.
- There are buffalo and pigs there.
However, the tarantula is toxic enough to kill smaller animals. An adult human would normally not die from its poison, but it is strong enough to induce nausea and vomiting.
Why 25,000 tarantulas suddenly appears in one field is so far a mystery.
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