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August 04, 2007

Man Lives With 200 Pet Spiders, Snakes, And Other Nasties; What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Oh, it gets worse than what you're imagining. I guess he wasn't around for the worst of it, but his mortuary make-up artist will definitely pay the price.

Light to moderate arachnophobia warning. Also, an "it's old" warning. It's from February. But I never heard of it before.


A MAN who lived in his own “zoo” of lizards and insects was fatally bitten by a pet black widow spider — then eaten by the other creepy-crawlies.

Police broke in to Mark Voegel’s apartment to find spider Bettina along with 200 others, several snakes, a gecko lizard called Helmut and several thousand termites had gorged on his body.

Neighbours alerted police after becoming alarmed by the stink.

...

A police spokesman said: “It was like a horror movie. His corpse was over the sofa.

“Giant webs draped him, spiders were all over him. They were coming out of his nose and his mouth.

...

“Larger pieces of flesh torn off by the lizards were scooped up and taken back to the webs of tarantulas and other bird-eating spiders.”

He had termites as pets? Uhhh... termites need to be bred, I guess? Big demand for that, I'm reckoning?

I mean, a black widow spider I can understand. You can actually pet a black widow. (Once.)

Thanks, I guess, to MichaelF.

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