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Touching This Little Caterpillar May Be the Last Thing You Ever Do

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When you're on a nature hike and someone tells you to beware of dangerous bugs, caterpillars probably aren't the first critters that spring to mind. Sure, there are some sinister-looking specimens out there (like this tiny green nightmare), but how much harm could they do to a full-grown human? 
 
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In the case of the Giant Silkworm Moth larva (species Lonomia obliqua), the answer would be “a hell of a lot.” In fact, touching this spiky specimen can knock your ass dead.
 
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Photo: Acidcow.com
 
Mainly found in the forests of southern Brazil, Lonomia packs a lethal toxin in those spiny, hollow hairs covering its body, and if the venom is absorbed into your bloodstream through the skin (it doesn't even have to puncture you for it to take effect), it can result in severe hemorrhaging, gangrene, organ failure and, in more extreme doses, coma and death.
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