Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Dangerous Spiders in The World in 2016-2017. Although it is fairly uncommon for someone to actually die from a spider bite, many people suffer from arachnophobia, the fear of spiders. If you happen to be bitten by a venomous spider you should immediately seek appropriate medical attention. Many studies heavily suggest that a fear of spiders is actually encoded into our DNA. During the early phases of our species’ evolution we had a much higher risk of running into venomous spiders. With a small handful of exceptions, venomous spiders can be found in most countries. Australia is the country with perhaps the largest number of dangerous spiders.
List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Spiders in The World 2016-2017
10. The Hobo Spider
Hobo spiders are a type of funnel web spider which are found in North America and Europe and are known to be very aggressive. They have a very large amount of hair on their legs and are a brownish color. They normally grow between twelve and eighteen mm. These spiders’ bites often produce very excruciating headaches which do not respond to any sorts of medication. The venom from these bites can also kill the cells of the tissues surrounding the bitten area. Hobo spiders are very similar in appearance to Australian funnel web spiders.
9. The Yellow Sac Spider
The yellow sac spider is not the most dangerous spider in the world; however, bites from these spiders can result in illness and severe irritation around the location of the bite. They normally range from five to ten mm. These spiders are most commonly found on leaves, under the bark of trees, and under rocks. Yellow sac spiders are small and have a mostly brownish color with no clear or discernible markings. These small nocturnal hunters spend their days in densely woven cells which contain two openings. Sac Spiders use a technique called ballooning to fly.
8. The Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula
Goliath bird eating tarantulas are one of the largest species of spider in the world and can be found in northern South America, northern Brazil, and southern Venezuela. They can grow all the way to twenty-eight mm in size. These gigantic spiders are very territorial and are most commonly found in wet, marshy areas. Female Goliath bird eating spiders often live anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five years while the males of the species normally live only three to six years. These spiders’ coloring ranges from dark to light brown. Female Goliath bird eating spiders can lay up to two hundred eggs at a time.
7. The Wolf Spider
Wolf spiders commonly range from one to thirty-five mm and are found in North America and some areas in Europe. These spiders are agile and robust hunters with wonderful eye sight. Their coloring ranges from gray to brown, but also depends on the area in which they live. Wolf spiders are very muscular and excellent at being able to blend into their surroundings. These spiders typically feed on small insects such as flies and crickets. Their bites are very venomous and painful, but do not usually require the administration of antivenom.
6. The Redback Spider
The redback spider is found in Australia and is very similar in appearance to black widow spiders. These spiders are partial to warm and dry spaces and are most commonly spotted during the summer months. The bites of these dangerously venomous spiders are extremely painful and often result in nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, severe pain, and sweating. Female redback spiders typically grow to by ten mm while the males usually grow only to three mm. These spiders’ young have a bit of white coloring and their venom is just as dangerous as that of their adult counterparts. Redback spiders are able to survive in the harshest of conditions as long as they have sufficient food and shelter.
5. The Mouse Spider
The Mouse Spider is native to both Australia and New Zealand and receives its name from it’s small mouse like appearance. Mouse spiders are either black or brown in coloration and have very thick and stocky legs. These small yet dangerous spiders are very aggressive and venomous. Mouse spiders have have large fangs which they use to capture and kill their prey. These dangerous spiders live in silk-lined burrows which contain trapdoors used for capturing unsuspecting prey. These spiders’ burrows are commonly twenty to fifty-five centimeters deep in the ground.
4. The Australian Funnel Web Spider
Australian Funnel Web Spiders are found in South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, and New South Whales. These spiders typically grow between one and five centimeters. Unlike most other species of spiders, the male Australian funnel web spider’s venom is about six times as potent as that of the female. These spiders are extremely aggressive and territorial. They live in underground burrows with a Y shaped entrance. These spiders’ fangs are incredibly strong. They have been reported to have pierced through fingernails and shoe leather.
3. The Brown Recluse Spider
The brown recluse spider is only found in the south and central areas of the United States. These spiders are brown in color and are also known for the distinct violin shape on their back. Brown recluse spiders get their name from their extremely shy nature. Although they go out of their way to avoid humans they tend to thrive in man-made areas such as under trash cans and tires and deep in closets. Female brown recluse spiders lay their eggs between May and July. Brown recluse spider venom is some of the most potent in the world. The skin surrounding the bite will begin to rotate away if medical attention is not sought immediately.
2. The Black Widow
Black widow spiders are found in temperate regions throughout the world including the United States, southern Europe, Asia, and South Africa. The females of this species are much more distinctive than their male counterparts. They are black with a red hourglass shape on their backs. The males are tiny and black. After mating, the female devours the male. Black widow venom is dangerously potent. Bites from these spiders are viciously painful and symptoms include chills, sweating, severe stomach and back pain, and vomiting. Black widows are considered to be the most venomous spiders in North America. Their venom is fifteen times as potent as that of the rattlesnake.
1. The Brazilian Wandering Spider.
The Brazilian wandering spider is the deadliest spider in the world. These spiders are very large and typically grow to be around six inches. These spiders get their name from their tendency to wander around the forest floor actively hunting prey. These spiders do not build webs and are extremely venomous. These spiders’ bites are incredibly deadly to humans. However, antivenin makes death very unlikely. There have been reports of these spiders being found in crates of bananas being shipped to other parts of the world.
Venomous spiders do not pose as great a threat to humans as they once did, but they can still be very frightening creatures. Luckily, spiders tend to be more afraid of us than we are of them.