You don’t have to be afraid too much if you are walking through the web, not all spiders are a big threat. And even for patients, advances in poison control technology have made treatment more effective.
Understanding the true danger of some spiders requires debunking some myths first. Here’s everything you need to know about spiders to avoid from papa’s long legs to tarantulas to black widows.
What is the most dangerous spider in the world?
The funnel spider is widely considered the most dangerous spider. This Australian spider possesses a venom filled with 40 different poisonous proteins.
Although the bite of one of these creatures is certainly capable of killing a human, no web spider deaths have been reported in Australia since 1980.
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Are dad’s long legs poisonous?
Not in any serious way. But hey, aren’t dad’s long legs the most dangerous spider in the world? No, this is a myth. While it is true that papa’s long legs are venomous, all this means is that they have anatomically specific glands that are used to produce venom.
“Father’s long legs” is actually an umbrella term that can refer to three different groups: pholcid house spiders, crane flies, and harvesters. The latter two have no venom at all while the former does carry a venom but is not any particularly dangerous or has been reported to cause a reaction in humans. This form of “long daddy legs” has fangs and is therefore likely to bite you, but there is no evidence that it will be harmful.
What are the most dangerous spiders?
There is some controversy about this. But according to CBS News, ten of the deadliest spiders include:
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Can a black widow kill you?
Scarcely. A black widow’s bite poses nothing but high health risks to young children and the elderly, especially given advances in antivenom medical technology.
Black widows are actually the most venomous spiders in North America (Australian spiders are especially famous). Their venom contains a chemical called alpha-latrotoxin that causes severe pain, cramping, swelling, sweating, and chills.
If you visit a doctor, they may give you an antivenom to treat the sting which will neutralize the venom and relieve some of the pain.
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Are banana spiders poisonous?
The banana spider is not poisonous and is generally not considered a significant danger to humans, although its bite can be painful.
There is one type of banana spider known as the Brazilian wandering spider, which can cause severe symptoms in rare cases. This is not a spider usually found in the United States
Are wolf spiders poisonous?
Wolf spiders, like banana spiders, are poisonous but not poisonous. It is not known that their bites cause serious harm to humans.
People can have allergic reactions to the poison, but this is not common.
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Are tarantulas poisonous?
Tarantulas do not pose significant health risks. Their venom has very low toxicity to humans. Therefore, despite their alarming appearance, there is no good reason to be afraid of these furry creatures.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: What is the deadliest spider in the world? Not what you think.