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17/10/2013 10:55 BST | Updated 25/01/2016 10:59 GMT

False Widows, Adders, Water Shrews & Cows: Creatures Not To Mess With In Britain (PICTURES)

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Poisonous spider bites in Britain are, thankfully, a rare occurrence.

But it can happen – as Essex decorator Ricki Whitmore discovered - after suffering a severe reaction to the venom of a false widow spider.

Which got us morbidly thinking about the other creatures (some fluffier than most) on this fair isle which, under certain and to be honest pretty unlikely circumstances have been known to maim and even kill…

Sweet dreams…

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