A tarantula has never been documented to have killed a human, because the spider’s venom has not been found to be deadly. If a person gets bitten by a tarantula, the bite could result in pain similar to a bee sting, as well as swelling, a rapid heartbeat and muscle cramps. Tarantulas are large and furry, and their appearance — as well as their portrayal in films and other media — is what is thought to be why they have the reputation that makes many people fearful of them. The spider, however, has generally been found to bite only out of fear and is not considered to be aggressive toward humans.
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