Several readers have suggested a picture gallery of the most poisonous (venomous) spiders in the world. As mentioned on the front page, this should of course be the most venomous spiders in the world and not the most poisonous.
The first couple of pictures are from the genus Latrodectus, better known as the black widows.
More Pictures Follow Below
We start with some images of the red back spider.
Photos of the Red Back Spider
Latrodectus mactans is a black widow spider and one of the most venomous spiders in the world. It is found throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the West Indies. It builds strong retreats close to the ground.
However, it also spreads its web over plants. It always needs some kind of a shelter and can often be seen in small crevices.
The Funnel Web Spider
The venom from the funnel web spider (a.k.a. Atrax Robustus) can kill a human within 15 minutes. This makes the funnel web spider one of the most poisonous spiders in the world. This is a small collection of pictures of the funnel web spider.
Would you like to be bitten by one of these creatures? If you're interested in spider bites and what a spider bite looks like, you can visit the spider bite picture gallery.
The Golden Silk Spider
In Ohio, an enormous golden silk spider was found. The golden silk spiders are easily identified by their yellowish abdomen and silvery carapace (the front end of the spider. Below are some golden silk spider pictures.
The Red Back Spider
The Jumping Spider
This spider isn't dangerous at all. It is a visual hunter and captures its prey by jumping towards it.
The Brown Recluse Spider
This is one of the most feared spiders in the USA, and it seems as if this spider is currently spreading towards most of Southern USA. Texas and Arizona are the places to go if you would like to see a brown recluse.
Originally this spider was imported into the U.S. (Seattle) along with agricultural products. Currently hobo spiders are spreading towards the Eastern USA.