Spiders have never really been our favorite creatures as pets or to admire from a distance. Their lifestyle (sticking to a wall and making nets), as well as hunting methods, are rather eerie. But the myths about them make them all the grosser than they actually are. Ther are around 45,700 known types of spiders. They can be nice creatures, apart from the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider.
The common house spider can deposit as many as 250 eggs in a sack of silk at a time, having a reproductive ability of 17 egg sacs in her life resulting in more than 4,000 eggs overall. It is very unlikely that a spider can survive for more than a year or two. Apart from the female tarantula which can live up to 20 years. The male spiders have to be very careful while approaching a female for mating. Because he can easily be mistaken for a prey and be hunted. The long-bodied cellar spider is the most venomous creature, but their weak mouthparts prevent them from injecting venom into humans.
No one would really want to have any types of spiders in their house, even if they were not dangerous and the best way to keep them away is to prevent any harborage sites.
The black widow spider is black and shiny, but it has a red hourglass shape on the back, making it easily identifiable. These spiders thrive in the United States, but mostly in the southern parts as temperatures are warmer. It was believed that female black widows would kill and eat the males after mating; hence giving this name, but further researchers showed that this has never actually happened in the natural world.
The brown recluse spider varies from light to dark brown with a brown violin on their back to distinguish them from the others. These spiders are normally found in debris and woodpiles, but you can find them indoors below furniture, inside storages as well as closets and attics. They only bite in self-defense but their bites are very painful.
The house spider is found anywhere in the house, but most probably it can be seen near lights that attract its prey. They are the most harmless of the lot, but they can be a nuisance.
Jumping spiders are generally compact with short legs, usually biting in self-defense, but they are not poisonous. They are blessed with the sharpest vision among the spider family detecting up to 18” in movement, and unlike the other spiders, they are daytime spiders.
The wolf spider is generally dark brown with paler stripes or markings, long spiny legs and some hair on the body. These spiders are unique as they do not hunt their prey by using webs, but instead chase them like actual wolves.
Here are some interesting facts about spiders that you did not know:
- Every spider from all species have 8 legs, they are anthropods.
- Spiders rank 7thin the world for their vast diversity.
- Only a few species and types of spiders thrive in water, the rest can live in all types of habitats.
- The largest spider is the Goliath birdeater by mass and size, but it is second by leg span.
- The Huntsman spider is the world’s largest spider by leg-span.
- The smallest spider in the world is the Patu digua.
- Even with all technology available today, scientists have not been able to recreate the silk created by spiders. It is considered to be the strongest material in the world.
- An average female spider, delivers upto 3,000 eggs in her lifetime.
- Rarely, but in some species of spiders, the females are generally larger than the male.
- Every species of spider has a different arrangement of eyes, but it is constant that every species have 4 eyes.
- Spiders are the largest order of the Arachnids.
- You will find spiders all over the world except Antartica.