Posts tagged ‘Poisonous Spider’

Are tarantulas poisonous?

In the United Stales, any large, hairy spider is popularly called a tarantula.  It looks fierce but it is not as dangerous as it looks.  Its bite is no more harmful to man than that of most other spiders found in the United States.  But it can inflict a painful wound in self-defense.


Most tarantulas make homes in deep burrows.  They come out at night to look for food, and lie hidden among the leaves or in the burrow.  When an insect comes along, the tarantula rushes out and bites it, and then drags it into its burrow.

During the winter, the tarantula shuts itself up in its home with a silken door.  The tarantula gets its name from a large wolf spider found near Taranto, a town in Italy.

Long ago, it was believed that people bitten by this spider came ill with a disease called “tarantism.”   The cure was said to be for the victim to dance and skip about to music until he became well.  From this old belief came the tarantella, a lively Italian folk dance. – Dick Rogers

How do the black widow spider get its name?


The black widow spider gets its name because the larger female sometimes kills and eats the male if he does not escape immediately after mating; but she is quite as likely to live on friendly terms with her mate.

The female black widow is one of the few spiders in the United States dangerous to humans.  It’s painful bite contains a poison that can make a person very ill, but a black widow bite seldom kills anyone if the bite is properly treated by a doctor.

Fortunately, the black widow is easy to recognize and can easily be avoided.  It has a shiny black body about the size of a large pea, and usually has a scarlet patch shaped like an hourglass on its stomach.

The black widow weaves hopeless webs under logs and in dark nooks in the corners of barns and sheds.  The female spider places her eggs in round silken cocoons.  Each cocoon may contain as many as 700 eggs. – Dick Rogers