The Two-Striped Telamonia Dimidiata Spider – The Toilet Killer!

I thought this would be worth a bump as this old hoax is very much doing the rounds yet again:

Wow, how’s this for service – Aruna makes a comment mentioning deadly spiders under toilet seats and one of my regular readers, Steve, emails me what could be the exact same email that she is referring to –

An article by Dr. Beverly Clark, in the Journal of the United Medical Association (JUMA), the mystery behind a recent spate of deaths has been solved. If you haven’t already heard about it in the news, here is what happened.

Three women in North Florida turned up at hospitals over a 5-day period, all with the same symptoms. Fever, chills, and vomiting, followed by muscular collapse, paralysis, and finally, death. There were no outward signs of trauma. Autopsy results showed toxicity in the blood.

These women did not know each other, and seemed to have nothing in common. It was discovered, however, that they had all visited the same Restaurant (Olive Garden) within days of their deaths.

The health department descended on the restaurant, shutting it down. The food, water, and air conditioning were all inspected and tested, to no avail.

The big break came when a waitress at the restaurant was rushed to the hospital with similar symptoms… She told doctors that she had been on vacation, and had only went to the restaurant to pick up her check. She did not eat or drink while she was there, but had used the restroom.

The Two-Striped Telamonia Dimidiata Spider - The Toilet Killer!

That is when one toxicologist, remembering an article he had read, drove out to the restaurant, went into the restroom, and lifted the toilet seat. Under the seat, out of normal view, was a small spider. The spider was captured and brought back to the lab, where it was determined to be the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata), so named because of its reddened flesh color. This spider’s venom is extremely toxic, but can take several days to take effect. They live in cold, dark, damp climates, and toilet rims provide just the right atmosphere…

Several days later a lawyer from Jacksonville showed up at a hospital emergency room. Before his death, he told the doctor, that he had been away on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia, changing planes in Singapore, before returning home. He did not visit (Olive Garden), while there. He did, as did all of the other victims, have what was determined to be a puncture wound, on his right buttock. Investigators discovered that the flight he was on had originated in India.

The Civilian Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of the toilets of all flights from India, and discovered the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata) spider’s nests on 4 different planes! It is now believed that these spiders can be anywhere in the country.

So please, before you use a public toilet, lift the seat to check for spiders. It can save your life! And please pass this on to everyone you care about.

Incidentally, the email is a hoax – The Two-striped Telamonia is indeed a real spider from Singapore but it is not at all venomous so don’t worry!

The following video also shows how small they are (its of a female Telamonia Dimidiata giving birth) –

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Whilst the email itself seems to be harmless fun it is of course worth remembering that the bad guys often use fake news to further their agendas – if you receive something like this have a chuckle and then delete it. Under no circumstances would I recommend clicking on any links contained within it.

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  1. Desiree Lynch says:

    So how long does this spider stay is in that position before the toilet is been upkept by the preprietors or owners of the facilities. To me this is not even a hoax this about nieve people who you can get to join a commune on spot and shortly after you can take them for everything they own including their valuables(the children). What idots.

  2. It’s good to know it is a hoax. I stopped forwarding messages without searching whether the content is really true or not. But one thing I’ve learnt is that it is always advisable to lift a toilet seat before using it. It may not be a poisonous spider but could be a small snake or a centipede hiding under the seat.

  3. Bambo Banda says:

    Imagine this hoax just flooded our inboxes and was taken seriously as a Warning by the Senders.

    This is 2011 and in 2009 others had discussed it!!!!!!!!!

  4. is this spider n disease still exists in india

  5. please people. DonÂŽt believe theese stories. Search “telamonia” in WIKIPEDIA

  6. Haha, I haven’t ever been to this site, but I am reading the stories and am pretty sure I have gotten at least ONE of every one of these hoaxes via email from my grandmother. I usually just throw them out the window and think nothing of it because if I did I would be walking around terrified all the time!

    • I regret deleting all the hoax emails I used to receive because some of them were funny and others just too crazy to believe.

      That doesn’t stop some people from believing they are true of course!!

  7. i think these things could possibly be living on some toilets the way these things look they just might be hiding under toilets but i dont know what to beleive in this world with all the scams but o well………..

    • Your right to say that finding the truth can often be very difficult these days but trust me, the Telamonia spider in the toilet is most definitely a hoax.

  8. I AGREE





  9. Jajaja eso es FALSO!!! No son venenosas esas arañas!!! Y menos hacen nidos en los baños!!!

  10. Eso es completamente falso!!! Esas arañas no son venenosas!! Lo que es no tener que hacer!!

  11. love this website!!… i believe, the idea above (find out which of the following is false is incredible)

  12. OMG!!! I just cannot believe what I am reading!!! I just receive an e-mail from my aunt in Mexico about the toilet spider, and I freaked out. So I searched on the internet the name of the spider and I found this site, and I see that there is an exactly same version of the story but in English. Who ever wrote the story they just change the name of the restaurants (Olive Garden-Sanbors), and also the cities (in the email that I got they mention two Mexican cities). I just dont understand the purpose of this email.

  13. Emmanuel says:

    Mmmm… wow, es un poco increĂ­ble esa historia “maria”… desde el hecho de que NUNCA se habĂ­a escuchado ese tipo de cosas, arañas anidando en excusados… hasta que el lugar predilecto de la araña para picar es en la nalga derecha, segĂșn tu historia…


  14. Muchas gracias por su mensajes

    I’m guessing thats a Spanish language version of the same email?


    Tres mujeres llegaron a distintos hospitales del norte del pais en un plazo de
    5 dĂ­as, todas con los mismos sĂ­ntomas. Fiebre, escalofrĂ­os y vĂłmitos, seguidos
    de colapso muscular, parĂĄlisis, y por Ășltimo, la muerte.
    No habĂ­a señales externas de ningĂșn trauma.. La autopsia revelĂł que habĂ­a
    toxicidad en la sangre.
    Estas mujeres no se conocĂ­an entre sĂ­, y parecĂ­an no tener nada en comĂșn.
    Sin embargo, se descubriĂł que todas habĂ­an visitado el mismo restaurante de la cadena sanborns dĂ­as antes de su muerte.
    El Sector Salud cayĂł sobre el restaurante, cerrĂĄndolo.
    Inspeccionaron y realizaron pruebas de todo: los alimentos, el agua, el aire
    acondicionado, y no descubrieron nada.
    La oportunidad lleg3 cuando llevaron al hospital a una mesera del
    restaurante, que tenĂ­a sĂ­ntomas similares. Le dijo a los doctores que habĂ­a
    estado de Vacaciones, y sĂłlo habĂ­a ido al restaurante a recoger su sueldo.
    No habĂ­a comido ni bebido nada mientras estuvo allĂ­, pero sĂ­ habĂ­a usado
    el baño.
    AllĂ­ fue cuando un toxicĂłlogo, recordando un artĂ­culo que habĂ­a leĂ­do, se
    fué en su coche al restaurante, entró al baño, y levantó la tapa del excusado.
    Debajo del asiento, sin que se pudiera ver a simple vista, halló una araña
    La araña fue capturada y llevada al laboratorio, donde determinaron que era
    la Telamonia de Dos Rayas (Telamonia dimidiata), llamada asĂ­ por su color

    El veneno de e sta araña es sumamente tóxico, pero puede tardarse
    varios dĂ­as para surtir sus efectos.
    Son de clima frĂ­o, oscuro y hĂșmedo, y en los bordes de los excusados
    tienen justo el ambiente que les gusta.
    Varios días después llevaron a un abogado a la sala de urgencias del hospital general. Antes de morir, le dijo al doctor que
    habĂ­a estado en un viaje de negocios en cancun, tomĂł un vuelo y
    cambiĂł de aviĂłn en la capital antes de regresar a su casa a monterrey. Aunque no visitĂł
    el Restaurante mientras estuvo allĂ­, sĂ­ tenĂ­a en su nalga
    derecha, como todas las demås víctimas, una pequeña herida que
    determinaron que era un piquete. Los investigadores descubrieron que
    el vuelo que habĂ­a tomado alli se habĂ­a originado
    El Consejo de AeronĂĄutica Civil (CAB) ordenĂł la inspecciĂłn inmediata
    de los excusados de todos los vuelos procedentes de la capital, y descubrieron
    nidos de la Telamonia de Dos Franjas (Telamonia dimidiata) en 4 aviones
    Ahora creemos que estas arañas se pueden encontrar en cualquier parte
    del paĂ­s.
    AsĂ­ que por favor, antes de usar un excusado pĂșblico,levante el asiento
    para revisar si hay arañas. ¥Eso puede salvar su vida!, y por favor, circule
    este correo a toda la gente que signifique algo para usted

  16. Haha – good to see someone else unearthing the comments I attach to some of the pictures I use 🙂

    Yeah, if you didn’t know better, I think the thought of spiders would put you off toilets for life.

  17. not to mention lizards!!

  18. Scam I think this email by itself is toilet humour! I think anyone who reads this email would think twice before visiting public toilets….

  19. Scam,

    These email hoaxes give me a great idea for a new feature on your site (maybe weekly or monthly) –

    “Spot The Hoax!”

    For instance, this week you could have the following three “news items”

    -The executive director of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control faces a drunken driving charge after he was arrested during a traffic stop.

    -A 51-year-old surrogate mother for her daughter has given birth to her own twin grandchildren in northeastern Brazil, the delivery hospital said.

    -…someone has been repeatedly stealing toilet paper from the men’s public bathrooms at the … County Government Center since June.

    And readers have to guess which one is the hoax or scam…

    I will send you the links so that you can give the “big reveal” later!

    Let me know what you think (there are plenty out there!)


    • Genius!!!!!!

      I really like that idea Jon – you should have received an email from me about it.

      Thanks 🙂


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