Scientifically speaking, spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. The giant clock-loving variety above is just one of the many creepy species out there. We’ve rounded up five of the creepiest for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see them all.
5. Brazilian Wandering Spider
Phoneutria, commonly known as Brazilian wandering spiders, armed spiders, or banana spiders, are a genus of defensive and venomous spiders of potential medical significance to humans. They are mainly found in tropical South America, with one species in Central America. These spiders are members of the Ctenidae family of wandering spiders.
4. Australian Funnel Web Spider
Atracinae, commonly known as Australian funnel-web spiders, is a subfamily of spiders in the funnel-web spider family Hexathelidae. The subfamily includes species with medically significant venom, the most well-known of which is the Sydney funnel-web spider.
3. Black Widow
The common name, widow spiders is sometimes applied to members of the genus due to a behaviour seen in some species in which the female eats the male after mating. The black widow spider is perhaps the best-known member of the genus. Its bite is dangerous because of the neurotoxin latrotoxin, which causes the condition latrodectism, both named for the genus.
2. Camel Spider
Solifugae is an order of animals in the class Arachnida. They are known variously as camel spiders, wind scorpions, sun spiders or solifuges. The order includes more than 1,000 described species in about 153 genera.
1. Golden Orb Nephilidae
The “typical” orb-weaver spiders (family Araneidae) are the most common group of builders of spiral wheel shaped webs often found in gardens, fields and forests. The Nephilidae are a spider family with 75 described species in four genera. They were formerly grouped in the families Araneidae and Tetragnathidae.