Even though many spiders look scary, scientific data shows that spiders do not habitually attack and bite people. Plus, spiders are fascinating creatures that weave webs and eat various types of insects. Here is a list of the top five scariest looking spiders:
1. Wolf Spiders
Similar to wolves, wolf spiders (lycosids), hunt their prey. Wolf spiders have eight legs and lurk in concealed places while waiting to catch their prey. A wolf spider also has eight eyes rendering the creature with excellent vision. Contrary to popular belief, wolf spiders are not tarantulas even though the spiders have similar appearances. Although wolf spiders are poisonous, you do not need to worry if you are bitten. A bite might cause slightly red, swollen or irritated skin. However, you do not need to worry about becoming seriously ill.
2. Brown Recluse Spiders
Although brown recluse spiders (Loxosceles reclusa, Sicariidae) are poisonous, they do not usually bite humans. A brown recluse spider sometimes makes its home inside a pair of shoes or gloves. Getting bit by a brown recluse spider is uncommon because the spider typically runs away from perceived dangerous situations. However, an unexpected bite does warrant a prompt visit to the emergency room. The transmitted venom may necessitate medical treatment to avoid a crisis situation that could result in death.
3. Black Widow Spiders
Similar to the brown recluse spider, a black widow spider (Latrodectus) is a poisonous insect. Seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten by a black widow spider. If you are the recipient of a black widow’s bite, you may experience vomiting, pains in the chest and even death unless you receive prompt medical attention. However, fatalities caused by black widow spiders are rare.
There is no doubt that seeing a tarantula, a member of the Theraphosidae classification, crawling on your living room floor is a scary experience. The large, hairy spider’s venom is not typically harmful to humans but does pose harm to smaller animals. Tarantulas do not usually bite people. In fact, a tarantula is more afraid of you because of your size.
5. Golden Silk Orbs
The golden silk orb spider (Nephila family) acquired its unusual name because of the color of the threads it spins. The golden silk orb spider spins yellow threads that glisten when exposed to the sun. Golden silk orb spiders eat birds and occasional snakes. The spider is not poisonous. A bite may cause red or irritated skin only if you are allergic. However, any symptoms caused by the spider’s bite go away within one day.