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European tarantula


Definition: Lycosa tarentula, the large European wolf spider or true tarantula Its bite was once believed to cause madness, which inspired frenzied contortions and dancing to rid the body of the venom, although the bite is, in fact, harmless, as is that of most of the large, hairy “tarantula spiders” of the tropics.

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