What are Spiders?
An eight-legged predatory arachnid with an unsegmented body consisting of a fused head and thorax and a rounded abdomen. Spiders have fangs that inject poison into their prey, and most kinds spin webs in which to capture insects.
- Although spiders are widely feared, only a few species are dangerous to people. Spiders will only bite humans in self-defense, and few produce worse effects than a mosquito bite or bee-sting.
Arachnophobia is one of the most common specific phobias, and some statistics show that 50% of women and 10% of men show symptoms.
- Most of those with medically serious bites, such as recluse spiders and widow spiders, would rather flee and bite only when trapped, although this can easily arise by accident.
- Can jump to 25 times its own height.
- Venom is not medically threatening, and tends to run from humans.
- Unlikely to infest the indoors.
- Largest Web-Spinning Spider.
- Spiderlings are cannibalistic.