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'Acromantulas are a wizard-bred species, clashing with the law on the Ban for Experimental Breeding.'
when they were first bred I dont think that the ban on experimental breeding existed
You are right. According to 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, they are made years before the law exists. I will be back with the correct number after I find the book......
Acromantula Venom vs. Eggs
I could be wrong here, but I believe it says in the book that "Acromantula eggs are classified as Class A Non-Tradeable Goods", not the venom as it is said in the article. Thanks,
Fbh bard 16:24, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
- Yep, definitely eggs, as Slughorn said that selling Venom could fetch quite an amount of Galleons. Slughorn has a reputation too good to be ruined by trading anything illegally IMHO. Tonicquill 16:31, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
It's stated that the eggs are the size of beach balls, and I'm assuming the resulting baby spider would be about the same size, but in Chamber of Secrets Harry and Ron follow a trail of spiders that are tiny... Caraxian (talk) 21:47, April 26, 2013 (UTC)
- I'd always taken that to mean real spiders, not Acromantula which are a different thing altogether. --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 21:49, April 26, 2013 (UTC)
- Same here. Hagrid told them to "follow the spiders" and they were following the actual spiders that had been fleeing the school. ProfessorTofty (talk) 23:52, April 26, 2013 (UTC)
There are several problems with the venom section of this article. First, the statement that the venom "is even potent for serveral hours after death" is misleading. What Horace Slughorn said is that the venom "has not dried up" so soon after death. Not that it might lose potency soon after death. In fact, there is no connection between the half-life of a venom and the fact that the animal that produced it is still alive.
Also, it is assumed that Acromantual venom petrifies its victims since that is an effect of a Basilisk. However, there is no evidence that the Hogwarts leaders even knew that Hagrid's monster was an Acromantula - much less that they deduced it was the one who attacked the students because its venom behaves in a manner similar to a Basilisk stare. They likely assumed that there could only be one monster in Hogwarts - and Hargrid's "pet" must have been the one who killed Moaning Myrtle. So we can't use this as evidence of the effects of Basilisk venom.