10 Most Scary Spiders In The World

Spiders are the most common animals found everywhere in the world. Spiders are scary and no one wants them in the house. But, in reality, spiders are good things to have as it causes no harm and helps to get rid of bugs.  Here I am presenting a list of the 10 scary spiders. 

Scary Spiders Species

1. New world Tarantula

New World Tarantula can grow as long as 4.5 to 11 inches and weigh 28 to 85 grams. It is found in grasslands, forests, caves, deserts, and trees all over the world except Antarctica. It is blue, green, red, brown, or black with a life expectancy of 40 years. Tarantula is a large colorful and hairy spider with more than 1000 species. It has long legs, a big head, and eight eyes. Its too-powerful fangs help to kill the prey. It feeds on a variety of insects like grasshoppers, snakes, lizards, caterpillars, and beetles. Its venom is not that harmful to kill a person.

New world Tarantula

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2. Widow spider

Widow spider can grow as long as 0.5 to 0.6 inches and weighs 0.85 grams. It is found in temperate regions of North America and parts of Asia. It has shiny, black skin and red hourglass markings under the abdomen. It is a lethal spider and only one bite carries enough venom to cause fever, swelling, and chest pain. It feeds on flies, beetles, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, and caterpillars. A female spider can even eat its partner to fulfill its hunger and that is why it is known as a widow spider. 

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Widow spider

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3. Jumping spider

Jumping spiders can grow as long as 0.04 to 0.98 inches. It is found in mountain regions and temperate forests of the United States and Florida. The lifespan of a jumping spider is about 1 to 2 years. It is generally black, and grey with white, blue, red, and yellow markings. It can be easily identified by its fascinating 8 sets of eyes. A pair of circular, forward-facing eyes are present in the center of its face and giving it an alien-like appearance. It generally feeds on insects like flies, mosquitoes, and cricket.

Jumping spider

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4. Huntsman spider

The Huntsman spider is 0.7 inches long with a leg span of 5.9 inches. It is found in shades of brown or grey with a life expectancy of 2 to 3 years. It is seen in tropical and semi-tropical regions of Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. It is large, hairy, and has white and black markings on its body. Its crab-like legs extend in front of the body and make it looks dangerous. It feeds on insects like cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes, and lizards. Its venom causes pain and swelling.

Huntsman spider

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5. Yellow sac spider

Yellow sac spider can grow as long as 5 to 10 mm and is found in households, trees, wood, leaves, and shrubs in the United States, Mexico, the West Indies, and parts of North and South America. It is light yellow to pale green in color with a life expectancy of 1-2 years. Like other spiders, its body is also divided into two segments-Cephalothoraxes and Abdomen. Its eight eyes are distributed in two rows on each side. Its venom is extremely dangerous and causes mild pain and discomfort which lasts for a week or two. It feeds on small spiders and insects. 

Yellow sac spider

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6. Hobo spider

Hobo spider can grow as long as 0.16 to 0.33 inches and weighs 1 to 10 mg. It is found in urban and agricultural regions of Europe, America, and Central Asia. It is brown in color and has a life expectancy of 1 year. This small-sized spider has a light yellow spotted area along the sternum. Its long hairy legs create a funnel web and a V-shaped pattern can be seen on the top of the abdomen. It eats beetles, insects, cockroaches, and flies. Its bite may or may not cause ill effects on the human body. 

Hobo spider

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7. Brown recluse spider

Brown recluse spider can grow as long as 0.25 to 0.75 inches and weighs 0.001 lb. It is brown, tan, and blackish brown with a life expectancy of 1 to 2 years. It is found in the house and woods of the United States and Texas. It can play dead when threatened and can rescue itself. It has distinctive markings on its dorsal side and has three pairs of eyes.

Its neck has violin-shaped markings and so they are also known as violin spiders. It eats soft-bodied insects like flies, moths, and cockroaches and eats one another as well. Its venom is highly poisonous and can cause severe injury and harms like redness, ulcer, and swelling to humans as well as animals.

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Brown recluse spider

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8. Wolf spider

Wolf spiders can grow as long as 0.2 to 1.3 inches. It is grey or dark brown with yellow markings found in plains, forests, households,s, and deserts all around the world except Antarctica. The life expectancy of wolf spiders is considered to be 18 months. It is a fussy spider with 8 eyes present n three rows of which two eyes are larger. Its eyes give it a scary look. It feeds on grasshoppers, ants, insects, and crickets. Its bite is not lethal but needs urgent treatment.

Wolf spider

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9. Funnel-web spider

Funnel-web spider can grow as long as 0.4 to 2 inches and is found in the moist forests of Australia. It is called a funnel web spider because of the presence of a funnel-shaped burrow which it uses for hunting and preying. It has a shiny head and thorax and resembles a tarantula.

Its eyes are closely grouped together and have fine velvety hair over the abdomen. Fangs of funnel-web spiders are large and can penetrate human fingernails. It feeds on frogs, beetles, snails, cockroaches, and lizards. It is extremely injurious to humans and can be fatal also as it carries a large amount of venom.

Funnel-web spider

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10. Brazilian wandering spider

Brazilian wandering spider can grow as long as 0.67 to 1.8 inches and weighs 28 grams. It has brown or grayish hair and is found in forests of Northern South America and has a life expectancy of 1-2 years. it has bands of white or yellow on the front legs, red hair is present on the venom glands and the ventral side of the abdomen has several black dots.

It nourishes a variety of insects, spiders, and reptiles. It is the world’s deadliest spider as its venom contains proteins and peptides that act as a potent neurotoxin. Its venom attacks the nervous system which causes fever, nausea, sweating, high blood pressure, and even paralysis. It is one of the most scary spiders in the world.

Brazilian wandering spider

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