Eating a fried tarantula has become a popular photo opportunity for tourists in Cambodia. However, this delicacy is in danger of disappearing, thanks to deforestation and over-harvesting of the spiders. The moment you arrive at the market square in Skuon, you see the tarantula vendors.
What countries eat spiders?
As snacks, usually, but sometimes as regional delicacies, too. Cambodia is one of the countries where you’ll find bugs for sale at many markets. Not just any kind of bugs, though. Cambodia’s bug specialty is big, juicy, fried SPIDERS.
What happens if you eat a tarantula?
Eating tarantula is not an unusual event in Cambodia and if you feel adventuruous enough you can try it yourself. Yes, it is totally safe. Cambodians eat tarantulas, foreigners have started to do it too, and most people really like it.
Who eats the tarantula?
Smaller mammals must take care to avoid being eaten by tarantulas, but many larger mammals consider tarantulas a tasty treat. Coyotes, foxes, weasels and skunks have been spotted eating tarantulas. Often a mammal that messes with a tarantula gives up quickly.
Are spiders healthy to eat?
Today, spiders — rich in protein, folic acid and zinc — are considered a delicacy and sold in markets and restaurants across Cambodia. The practice has also encouraged a lively tourist trade.
Can you eat spiders raw?
About 15 species of spiders are scientifically described as being edible, with a history of human consumption. These edible spiders include: … several other species of tarantula; the golden orb-weaving spider (Trichonephila edulis) that is eaten in New Caledonia and is said to taste like pâté.
Can you eat spider eggs?
Spiders are generally venomous, but not poisonous. They can be safely eaten at all stages of their life. People who eat chicken eggs sometimes get food poisoning when the eggs aren’t fresh. Any eggs that goes rancid can cause food poisoning.
Is it illegal to own a monkey in Cambodia?
According to the Cambodia Wildlife Alliance, owning wild animals for purposes other than scientific research or breeding is illegal, as is killing them.