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or is that a ::ahem:: old wives tale. (LOL, kidding about that term, okay ;-)<br><br>
I know someone who SWORE a spider laid eggs in her friends skin and the skin popped and little baby spiders came out. She was DS's Nanny and not the lying type. She said she saw it w/ her own eyes.<br><br>
Anyone else I wouldn't believe, but like I said, she's not the type to make stuff up....<br><br>
Is she??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I hope so... I don't need to worry about this stuff. But a few spider threads back I think I remember some one saying that this happened to their boyfriend. I'm scared...
 

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I have no idea, I hope it's not possible. My BIL however did have grass grow out of his foot once. He stepped on a garden rake, and some seeds must have got in the wound, because a couple of weeks later little lumps of grass stated sprouting from his healed foot. I would not believe that story if anyone but my husband told it (backed up in exact detail by all his family)
 

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Nope, and I found you something to read about it.<br><br><a href="http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/spidermyth/myths/skineggs.html" target="_blank">Link.</a><br><br>
"Myth: Spiders can lay their eggs under human skin in wounds created by their bites.<br><br>
Fact: In a surprisingly widespread urban legend, a nameless woman is bitten by a spider (usually on her cheek) while on vacation. She later develops a swelling, from which, in due course, baby spiders emerge! Somehow or other, the venom must have transformed into eggs. Spiders, need I say, do not find the human body a suitable site for egglaying, and no actual case anything like this can be found anywhere in scientific or medical literature.<br><br>
That is, unless you count as scientific literature the book Dancing Naked in the Mind Field by Nobel Prize chemist Kary Mullis. In one chapter, Mullis claims to have been bitten by a brown recluse spider in California (where no such spiders exist), that other spiders came back to feed on the resulting wound, and that female brown recluses feed their babies from such wounds. All this is sheer fantasy. As the name implies, real recluse spiders avoid humans like the plague if at all possible."
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have no idea, I hope it's not possible. My BIL however did have grass grow out of his foot once. He stepped on a garden rake, and some seeds must have got in the wound, because a couple of weeks later little lumps of grass stated sprouting from his healed foot. I would not believe that story if anyone but my husband told it (backed up in exact detail by all his family)</div>
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WOW! That is fascinating!
 

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I'm glad it's false!! I can't stand spiders. YUCK.
 

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There are not brown recluse spiders in California?<br><br>
The bits about baby spiders feeding on the wound sounds bizarre and unlikely but I didn't realise it was impossible that a brown recluse would be in California.<br><br>
Brown recluse spider bites are not all that uncommon
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There are not brown recluse spiders in California?<br><br>
The bits about baby spiders feeding on the wound sounds bizarre and unlikely but I didn't realise it was impossible that a brown recluse would be in California.<br><br>
Brown recluse spider bites are not all that uncommon</div>
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According to this site and a couple others I've found there are some recluse spiders in areas of California so I don't think it's impossible for there not to be brown recluse there. <a href="http://dermatology.cdlib.org/DOJvol5num2/special/recluse.html" target="_blank">http://dermatology.cdlib.org/DOJvol5...l/recluse.html</a><br>
And no Brown recluse spider bites are not uncommon, I was bit by one 8 years ago it was awful
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">According to this site and a couple others I've found there are some recluse spiders in areas of California so I don't think it's impossible for there not to be brown recluse there. <a href="http://dermatology.cdlib.org/DOJvol5num2/special/recluse.html" target="_blank">http://dermatology.cdlib.org/DOJvol5...l/recluse.html</a><br>
And no Brown recluse spider bites are not uncommon, I was bit by one 8 years ago it was awful</div>
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Yeah, when I was in seventh grade another seventh grader at my school was bitten by one in woodshop class.<br><br>
I saw him..some 15 years later and he said "I bet you don't remember me!"<br><br>
"Yes I do, you were bitten by a fiddelback in seventh grade!"<br><br>
He still had a really bad scar! Eek!
 
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