The Scariest Spider Facts

Those suffering from arachnophobia, we’ll give you one last chance to leave. Still here? We’ve dug through sources to find you some of the creepiest, crawliest aspects of spiders.

Terrifying Spider Facts

1 Black widows are one of the few spiders that possess venom powerful enough to kill humans, reportedly 15 times stronger than rattlesnake venom.

2 The Goliath Birdeater spider makes a hissing sound when threatened, and is known to flick barbed hairs from its underbelly at enemies.

3 Some spiders are clever enough to create decoys for themselves out of their own silk and webs.

4 Camel spiders are not true spiders but are remarkably similar. They can be up to a foot long and have jaws that can cut through skin and rot flesh from the inside out.

5 According to townsfolk of Sadiya, India, an entire festival of people was once attacked by swarms of jumping spiders. Scientists now wonder if it was a previously undiscovered species of tarantula.

6 Back in the 17th century, those bitten by a tarantula wolf spider were believed to have contracted tarantism, a condition causing restlessness and excitability.

7 The Brazilian wandering spider accounts for 60% of all Brazilian spider bites, and its venom is lethal.

8 The Giant Huntsmen spiders have incredibly long leg spans, sometimes reaching as much as a foot from end to end.

9 House spiders can lay between 40 to 50 eggs at a time.

10 There are more than 50,000 species of known spiders throughout the world.

11 Along with being dangerous to humans, black widow spiders suit their name perfectly. Females frequently eat males after mating, though it’s been discovered that males will sometimes even go for females who are larger simply because they may have already eaten their fill.

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