Creepy: Man learns what caused strange, blistering line

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(Courtesy: Seven Network Australia via CNN)

A man in Australia has been dubbed “Spider Man” after a bizarre turn of events during a trip to Bali.

What looks like a gruesome scar, is actually the trail left by a spider that burrowed under Dylan Maxwell’s skin.

Maxwell was visiting Indonesia when he noticed what he thought was a scratch about an inch-long.

He went to a doctor who told him it was a small insect bite.

But the trail kept growing up toward his chest.

“A very searing, hot searing burning sensation.  It was like nothing I’ve ever felt before,” Maxwell said of the pain.

When it started to blister he said he got worried.

Doctors realized that the spider crawled into Maxwell’s belly button through a fresh scar from a recent appendix operation.

Doctors were able to pull out the spider.

SNOPES, however, reports that no such cases of spiders living under human skin has ever been documented. An associate professor at McGill University’s Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Christopher Buddle, said in an email to SNOPES that the story doesn’t doesn’t sound plausible:

“I think this is extremely suspect, unusual, and likely not possible. Simply put: it is not plausible and I can think of no valid reason why a spider might ‘crawl beneath skin through a scar’. The claim that it was ‘feeding and moving up through the scar tissue’ defies logic and defies what we know about the biology of spiders. I am also skeptical because the ‘evidence’ (the spider itself) is not presented.”


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