Icky spiders are taking over Guam, and we could be next9/18/2012
If spiders freak you out, steer clear of Guam. Researchers say that since the island was taken over by brown tree snakes, its spider population has exploded 40-fold. "You can't walk through the jungles on Guam without a stick in your hand to knock down the spiderwebs," says the study's lead scientist. Brown tree snakes arrived on the island in the 1940s and spent 50 years munching their way through the entire bird population, leaving the jungles eerily quiet. With no birds to eat the spiders, steal their webs to make nests or compete for insect meals, experts think spiders happily proliferated — resulting in the horror flick-worthy concept of us living on the "Planet of the Spiders." [Source]
Has a spider encounter ever freaked you out?