What it Feels Like to Get Bit By a Tarantula


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Tarantula venom activates the same neural pathways as capsaicin, which is the thing that makes peppers hot; so getting bitten by a tarantula will feel much the same as being exposed to a high level of capsaicin.

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  • This might not sound bad, but I have been burned like HELL by touching a certain kind of pepper, and touching other parts of my body.

  • One does not get ‘bit’ by anything. One gets ‘bitten’.

    • Daven Hiskey

      @Kip: This is not necessarily true. Many dictionaries today consider “bit” to be a perfectly acceptable past participle. Although, to your point, “bitten” is often the preferred usage. It probably depends on where you’re from though. (England/U.S./Canada/Australia/etc.)