On August 20th of this year, The Sun newspaper released a story, suggesting that the tragic death of a man in Cork was the result of a bite from a redback spider (Latrodectus hasseltii). Later that day, The Herpetological Society of Ireland, issued a release highlighting some concerns we had with the piece. Our … More Update on Alleged “Fatal Spider Bite”
A story was published in The Sun newspaper today, suggesting that the death of a man in Cork may be the result of a spider bite that occurred the previous year. The piece gained traction and has since been published and shared via several news and social media outlets. Everyone here at the Herpetological Society … More Release Concerning Alleged Fatal Spider Bite
“If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.” Thomas Sowell. The Oxford English Dictionary defines journalism as: “The activity or profession of writing for newspapers or magazines or of broadcasting news on radio or television”. Unfortunately, the realities of contemporary journalism are … More How Tabloids Hurt Wildlife…And You.
Scientific Name: Brachypelma albospilosum (Valerio 1980) Characteristics: A species from rainforests of Costa Rica and Hondorus that is somewhat different to others in the genus. The Curly Hair Tarantula is a long-lived and relatiuvely peaceful tarantula that poses no particular problems if a few golden rules are followed. This an ideal starter tarantula. B. albospilosum is a reasonably large … More Honduran Curly-Haired Tarantula Care
Scientifc Name: Brachypelma smithi (F.O.P-Cambridge 1897) Characteristics: The Mexican Red Knee Tarantula is a long-lived and very showy tarantula that poses no particular problems if a few golden rules are followed. The beauty, ease of keeping and showiness make this an ideal starter tarantula. This species has been confused with similar species; the common name has not … More Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula Care