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Updated on July 14, 2011

There is somewhere in region of 40,000 different species of spider. They are found worldwide apart from the frozen poles. All spiders have eight legs and all apart from one Bagheera kiblingi live on other insects or small animals.

The Worlds Largest Spider is the Goliath Bird Eating Spider Theraphosa leblondi which has a 12 inch leg span and weighs up to 160 grammes.

The Worlds Smallest Spider (found so far) is the Samoan Moss Spider Patu marplesi. A fully grown male will have a leg span of just 0.017 inches.

The Worlds Most Poisonous Spider is the Brazilian Wandering Spider Phoneutria spp which packs a potent neurotoxin.

Spider web, ounce for ounce is the strongest organic substance on the planet.

The worlds spiders consume a combined weight of insects every year which is greater than the combined weight of all human beings on the planet.

Spider web was formerly used in the manufacture of telescopic gun sights.

Polynesian fishermen use spider web as fishing line.

Spiders can use their web to balloon and travel all over the world. They have been found up to 10,000 metres.

Whether people eat eight spiders during sleep during their lifetime is considered by some to be half way between an urban legend and deliberate fiction. Mind you if you can think of the number of times a fly has flown into your mouth there may be more truth than fable.

One of the most common of human fears is Arachnaphobia...fear of spiders.

Some species of spider will live for more than 25 years.

The Spider

The Spider 
Tied her
Gossamer strings
In rings
And bound
Her Prey
She spun
For fun
And ate
To sate
Her unfortunate mate


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    Peter Dickinson 8 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks Catherine R. No spider is looking for someone to bite. Providing we are careful in places like the garage we can rest in peace.

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    Catherine R 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

    Brilliant and very informative. I have just shared some of this information with my 9 year old son who was fascinated! We have Australian Red-Backs in our garage which i am keen to avoid. In South Africa we had huge Rain Spiders that would frighten the living daylight out of me although they are quite harmless.

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    Peter Dickinson 8 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks dohn121...Larson's Far Side are my favourites too. Used to have all the books.

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    dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    Thank you, Peter for sharing this article. I'm not nearly as afraid of spiders as I am of snakes. One of my favorite cartoons is Gary Larson's The Far Side. I remember one of my favorites as being one where a child spider is dangling a human figurine at the end of a string to scare the parent spider who is sitting peacefully on a lounge chair while reading a book. I wish I could find it on-line as it's hilarious. Thank you again.