Man finds venomous spider in pack of bananas

Jean-François Moreau, a bug exterminator, was called in to fumigate a house after a Quebec City man...

Jean-François Moreau, a bug exterminator, was called in to fumigate a house after a Quebec City man found a venomous spider in a pack of bananas. (SIMON CLARK/ QMI AGENCY)

Nicolas Lachance, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:00 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY — A man near Quebec City got a potentially deadly surprise in a bunch of bananas.

He found a venomous spider, plus a cocoon with more than a dozen baby spiders, in a pack of bananas he had bought at the grocery store.

The man, who didn't want to give his name, told QMI Agency he was feeding his young child when he noticed a huge spider crawling along the ceiling.

"I tried to scare it, but instead of running away, it came towards me," he said.

He killed the spider with a piece of tissue. He then noticed the white cocoon on the bananas.

He called an exterminator to fumigate the house. The technician found twenty baby spiders in the little cocoon.

The exterminator's report identified the spider as Phoneutria nigriventer, commonly known as the banana spider.

Phoneutria means murderer in Greek, and scientists consider it to be one of the most poisonous arachnids in the world.


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