3 Deadliest Spiders

Lordin Williams, Staff Writer

There are plenty of gross and dangerous things in this world. However, out of all of them, spiders are probably the worst. Most are not only very venomous, but just plain ugly. I don’t understand why some people would find them cute. I will also give some (non)helpful advice.

Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria)

This spider is probably the most venomous spider in the world. They are found in tropical South America and there is also one species found in Central America. Both are called Brazilian Wandering Spiders, even though some are not actually in Brazil. The venom in the spider contains a neurotoxin which can cause loss of muscle control and breathing problems, which can result in paralysis and asphyxiation. The venom also causes intense pain and inflammation. This is definitely not a spider to keep around the house. I would definitely consider burning your house down. There is no other option and I think it is your last resort.

Black Widow (Latrodectus)

The family Theridiidae has 31 known species of spiders all around the world such as the black widow of North America, button spider of Africa, and redback spider of Australia. Most females are dark colored and are easily identified by a reddish marking on the abdomen. While rarely fatal, the venom of the bite is seen as dangerous due to the neurotoxin, which causes the condition Latrodectism, which causes pain, muscle rigidity, vomiting, and sweating. The females usually have large glands and their bite can be harmful to humans. This is not the greatest of spiders to run into. As my friend Julie once said, “Always keep a flame thrower on you.” This is some good advice for killing one of these.

Chilean Recluse Spider

This spider is considered by many to be the most dangerous of the recluse spiders, due to the fact that its bite can cause death. It is also one of the largest recluse spiders ranging from 8-40 mm in size. It is brown and has markings on the dorsal of its thorax. This spider is not usually aggressive unless pressed against human skin, like putting on a shoe. So while it’s not one of the worst spiders to be near, I still wouldn’t treat it lightly. I would try to catch this one and let it go, considering it is not a huge danger to humans. Just always be careful when putting your clothes on.