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Arachnophobia! Interesting Spider Facts

May 12, 2016

These spider facts are more scared of you than you are of them.
random spider factoids

SPIDERS ARE SNEAKY!

Ever seen a newborn spider? No? That’s because they’re colorless (and tiny), making them virtually invisible to predators…and you. Hundreds can colonize your home and by the time you realize it, they’re all fully grown.

THEY CAN SEE YOU!

Most spiders have eight eyes and will see you coming. However, if you venture underground, many cave-dwelling species will not see you…because they have no eyes. But their other senses are so heightened that they’ll know you’re there long before you know they’re there.

THEY’RE CUNNING! bolas spider

The Bolas spider “fishes” for large, flying insects by spinning a sticky ball at the end of a line of silk. Then it hangs the ball from the web to catch a bug…and reels it in.

THEY’RE FAST!

In a split second, the jumping spider can jump 20 times its own length to catch prey, but it doesn’t have any leg muscles. How does it do it? By increasing its blood pressure to the point where if the spider didn’t jump, it would explode.

THEY’LL TRAP YOU!

The female Darwin’s bark spider, native to Madagascar, spins the world’s largest and strongest web. It can span more than 80 feet (some even cross rivers). Her silk is the strongest biological material in existence—three times stronger than Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests.

THEY’LL STAB YOU!

Tarantulas have barbed urticating hairs on their abdomens. When threatened, they use their legs to “kick” these hairs into the eyes of their attacker.

THEY WILL DESTROY YOUR MANHOOD!

The Brazilian wandering spider is the most venomous in the world. It’s hairy, five inches long, and if it bites a man, the toxin has a Viagra-like effect. That lasts for several hours, is extremely painful, and if the toxin doesn’t kill him, will render him impotent.

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As they say: there is nothing to fear but fear itself…and spiders!

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