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Deadly Spider Bites Man's Penis On Toilet, Worst Fears Realized

Arachnophobia doesn't begin to cover this.
The Australian redback (shown here in a file photo) is a close relative of the black widow.
The Australian redback (shown here in a file photo) is a close relative of the black widow.

What happened to a construction worker on a portable toilet in Sydney, Australia, will make your skin crawl. God knows what it made his skin do.

According to a story in the Adelaide Advertiser, paramedics rushed to the scene but the victim got to the hospital on his own.

“He somehow managed to get alternative transport to hospital,” an ambulance spokesman says. 

The victim was treated and later discharged, the BBC writes.

Like its close relative, the black widow, the female redback has red markings and is toxic. It often lives in urban areas and results in 250 cases a year in Australia that require antivenom, the Australian Museum notes. "They can cause serious illness and have caused deaths," the museum says.

A 22-year-old man is believed to have died from complications of a redback bite earlier this month, Newsweek reported. Before that, no one was thought to have succumbed to a redback bite since antivenom was introduced in 1956, the outlet said.

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