• The yellow garden spider prefer to roam in its web with its head down. Explore
  • The red back spider prefer to live in its silky nest and it is capable of eating prey its own size Read More
  • The bite from a yellow sac spider is like a wasp bite. Many house spiders are killed because of this
  • Pictures of the most venomous spiders ... some are really ugly
  • The golden silk spider wraps its prey (insects) in silk thereby immobilizing it before dinner
  • The jumping spider can jump a distance of >30 times its own length and other impressive facts
  • Spiders have 8 legs, no antenna and no wings. Insects have six legs, two antenna and sometimes wings
  • The funnelweb spider is very aggressive. Its bite can cause death within 15 minutes by atratoxin
  • The bird spider are tarantulas. They live in Asia and China and most prefer burrows
  • Get to know the most dangerous spiders before you are killed by one of them
  • Fear of spiders has been a natural part of human evolution. Learn the basics about fear of spiders
  • The brown recluse spider is a solitary creature that prefers shelters and small crevices
  • The hobo spider is sometimes referred to as the aggressive house spider. It is not aggressive at all
  • Females are double the size of males. They don’t eat males unless no other food is available
  • Learn about spiders so big that they can capture, kill and eat birds
  • Wolf spider females carry their egg sacs with them. Spiderlings stay with their mother on her back
  • Learn what to look out for if you are bitten by a spider, and when to
    seek help
  • Camel spiders are not spiders. When approached it will make a hissing warning sound
  • Brazilian wandering spiders hunt on the ground during the night - no web is needed
  • Tarantulas are nocturnal animals. They can grow very large and are often shown at exhibitions
  • See a video of a wolf spider with its eyes glowing in the dark - plus many other videos
  • Learn about spider webs and how spiders produce their silk
  • 4-5 times as many people are killed by horses than spider bites in the US
  • Brown widow spiders live at the east coast in the USA - they have a beautiful hourglass as coloration


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Fatalities, Bites, Webs, and Natural History

By Anders Nielsen, Ph.d.

Venomous spiders may not be as big of a threat as many people believe. Antivenin against spider bites has become very effective, and it is rare that people actually die from a spider bite. In the United States, an average of 6.6 people die from venomous spider bites each year1. Eight times as many dies from bee and wasp stings.

Topic: Yellow Sac S.
Are spiders insects?

Spiders use venom to kill their prey after they have captured it in their web or by other means. A spider is only poisonous if one gets ill after eating it, so the term "poisonous spiders" is misleading.

Human Injuries and Fatalities

The probability of dying or getting seriously injured from a bite is very small—especially in the U.S. This is not an assurance that nothing will happen to you if bitten by a spider. If the accident happens, you should seek treatment.

Topic: Arachnophobia
Brown Recluse S.

Most spiders have evolved to capture small invertebrates and so spider venom is almost always harmless to humans. However, there are exceptions to this rule:

Topic: Golden Silk S.
Red Back Jumping S.

Brown Recluse Spiders

The brown recluse spider is not as bad as its reputation. It is indeed a very venomous and dangerous spider, but it is definitely not an aggressive spider, and it only bites when threatened. Brown recluse spiders are also known as Loxosceles reclusa.

Their bite can be quite bad. In South America, recluse spiders are also know as brown spiders. In the U.S., a brown spider can be many different species—poisonous and non-venomous.

The Black Widows "~ Latrodectus. abc"

Topic: Spider Videos
Spider Webs

The genus Latrodectus includes the widely known black widows, notorious because of the extreme potency of their neurotoxic venom.

The genus comprises thirty-two recognized species, and its occurrence is attributed to human mediated movement. It is found worldwide, including places like Africa, the Middle East, Iberian Peninsula, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America, and Hawaii.

Topic: Hobo Spider
Black Widow S.

The recognition of taxa within Latrodectus has been considered problematic for a long time due to the difficulty associated with morphological features exhibiting geographic variation.

Topic: Spider Bites
Camel Spider

Topic: Jumping S.
Funnel Web S.

Hobo Spiders

Although hobo spiders are mainly found in the northwestern part of the U.S. (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada), it seems like they are spreading towards other parts of the U.S., such as California. California has not only been hit by brown recluse spiders that have spread from Texas and Arizona; they are now also being invaded by hobo spiders from the north.

The Brown Widow Spider—Coming to a Place Near You

Brown widow spiders are becoming more and more abundant in the U.S. Due to warmer weather, they are increasing in numbers. Brown widows are venomous/poisonous and a serious concern to people in the U.S.—although only few fatalities have been reported.

Camel Spiders: Not True Spiders

Camel spiders are actually not spiders but something called solfugids, which is something in between a scorpion and a spider. They are also not venomous. However, as camel spiders are quite interesting, they are described on these pages also.

The Jumping Spiders: "Phidippus. abc""

The Phidippus spiders are known as jumping spiders. They have good sight, which they use when capturing prey or finding mates.

Topic: Venom
Brown Widow Spiders

Tarantulas: "Theraphosidae. spp"

Children in some parts of South America keep tarantulas as pets. The South American tarantula is the world's largest spider and sometimes reaches more than 20 cm in length.

Tarantulas can be large enough to eat birds, and a myth is that they even attack chickens from time to time.

Tarantulas in North America are significantly smaller than tarantulas in South America. The one in the video is not endemic of the USA.

Topic: Tarantulas
Brazilian Wandering S.

The tarantula has a bad reputation, but it is not really as bad as it looks. A bite from a tarantula can be painful, but it definitely won't kill you.

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are extremely common throughout the U.S. Females carry their egg sacs with them, which is a special feature of wolf spiders. Wolf spiders are often found in people’s homes. Like all other spiders, wolf spiders try to find warmer places during the autumn, and most houses are warm and dry.

Topic: Worlds Biggest S.
Wolf Spiders

Others Venomous (Poisonous) Spiders: "~ X. abc

Explanations are found in the text. Species belonging to other groups of spiders can be very venomous as well. These spiders are also described in this webpage. From time to time more venomous spiders will be included in the list. If you want a spider included, please don't hesitate to contact me. Comments, suggestions, pictures, and relevant links are also very welcome.

Topic: Bird Spider
Most dangerous S.

Spider drawings

The bird eating tarantula is the biggest spider in the world
Both the brown widow spider and the black widow spider are potentially deadly
Female wolf spiders carry their eggs and newly hatched spiderlings with them
Most spiders are so small that they cannot penetrate human skin with their mouth-parts
Some people are allergic to spider venom
Every year, 5-6 americans die from spider bites
Spiders are not insects!
Spiders produce their silk in specialized glands
Wasps and bees are much more dangerous than spiders


1Langley, R.L. Animal-Related Fatalities in the United States - An Update Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Vol. 16 pp. 67-74 (2005)

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Topic: Spider Pictures
Yellow Garden S.