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Old 06-11-2013, 05:17 PM   #5
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It may be that it depends on how you handle them. I would assume that any venom is contained on the tips of the spikes so just letting them crawl on you wouldn't be a problem. One of the links I found did say that almost all venomous caterpillars are of moths with this one being an exception. Now I have to emphasize that none of the references to these cats being venomous are from academic sources, so that makes the designation suspect. With your first hand experience I'd venture that the references to their venom may all be just an old wive's tale. It may still be a good idea to exercise caution, though.
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