Don’t get bitten by a cacata
Completely absorbed in their meal, some construction workers were having lunch when one of them decided to rest in one of the concrete blocks after he finished his meal. At that moment, a fast and hairy arachnid came up from his right leg. Antonio, did you get bitten by it? his partner asked him. It seems not, he said.
Its appearance is quite similar to a spider because of the hairs it has in all its body. The cacatas remain passive in the day, hidden in humidity caves or under the rocks, while at night they go out to look for food. Their violent behavior is shown in how they use their long and powerful fangs, and their abdomen movements, the imminent signal of the intense bite they do in human skin producing serious irritations in the epidermis.
Many people believe that cacata’s bite kills but its poison is not fatal, although it can be very painful. Therefore, it is advised to not having any contact with these arachnids.
Its scientific name is Phormictopus cancerides, but it is known as cacata in the country. It is a tarantula species whose name comes from the Italian Tarentola and refers to Taranto city, in Apulia, a southern Italian region in whose Mediterranean climate are abundant. The Caribbean specimen is one of the largest arachnids in Latin America. They live in the rainforests and some areas of the West Indies. Also, there have been large numbers of this spider species in the Brazil rainforests.
A standard measurement for adult specimens is from seven to eight inches diameter and visually stands out for its pigmentation that seems like bronze or almost purple. Males tend to be more striking than females.
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TEXT: Alana Fernandez; IMAGES: Suresh
Tags: Fauna and Flora