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Spiders That Can Kill You! Some Scary Spiders Indeed

Updated on January 4, 2014

Lets go over the most dangerous spiders in the world first so you can identify and avoid them and after that we will list some of the non lethal spiders. Some spiders are scary to look at but that does not mean they are deadly or lethal to humans. Use this list of spiders to know the difference and stay safe. So what spiders have the most venom and could really hurt you. From top to bottom "the most venomous spiders".

The Black Widow

This spider is found almost everywhere there is clutter or a place for them to hide. The Black widow is generally shiny black in color with a red or orange hourglass or dot on its underside or abdomen. A bite from the Widow will inflict serious pain and may cause death if not treated right away. The poison will attack the nervous system causing headaches, vomiting and pain in the stomach. If you may have been bitten seek emergency attention as soon as possible. This is one of the most dangerous spiders in the world.

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Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider

Brown Recluse

The Brown Recluse is tan or brown in color with an upside down violin shape located just below the front leg attachments. The Recluse is found all over the United States but mostly in the south. The venom from this spider is highly toxic and can cause significant injury and loss of tissue. You should seek out medical care immediately if you believe you have been bitten by the Brown Recluse. One of the scariest spiders because of size and infection caused by a bite.

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Brown Recluse Spider
Brown Recluse Spider

Mouse Spiders

These spiders are usually found under groud usually a couple of feet deep. With that being said the male version of the mouse spider will also come out after rain showers to look for a female to mate with. The Mouse Spider has large fangs and will bite if provoked causing significant pain and injury. Seek medical attention right away if bitten. Generally large in size black with large fangs. E read colored head is also common with the Mouse Spider. This spider is venomous, so it is best to avoid if you run across one of these.

Mouse Spider Facts And Photos

Mouse Spider
Mouse Spider

Wolf Spiders

The wolf spider is very venomous and a bite from it could cause severe pain. Although the bite is not considered lethal to humans medical attention should be sought right away especially with children and elderly bite victims. Brown and grey in color with a very distinctive union jack symbol on its back. A nocturnal ground dweller the Wolf Spider can be found around the outsides of homes and in the garden areas. The Wolf spider may not kill you but is still one of the most venomous spiders in the world!

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The Wolf Spider
The Wolf Spider

Trap Door Spiders

The Trap Door spider is a non aggressive and timid spider with large fangs that will hurt if it does bite you. Brown or dark brown and covered with fine hair over its body. A ground dweller that prefers dry and exposed locations. Not a particularily dangerous spider, don't bother it and you will have no problems.

Trap Door Spiders

Trap Door Spider
Trap Door Spider

Orb Weaving Spiders

These spiders are non aggressive and rarely bite. A scary looking spider that is brown to light brown (sometimes other colors) with hair and a purple colored abdomen. Found in gardens, between buildings and shrubs spinning a large circular web to snare other insects for food. Scary looking spider but non toxic to humans and not a threat. Certainly not one of the most venomous spiders in the world like those who top our list.

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Orb Weaving Spider
Orb Weaving Spider

Funnel Spiders

The Funnel spider is generally brown or grey with light and dark stripes near the head region. Referred to as grass spiders because they tend to build webs in tall and overgrow grassy areas. Not usually found indoors this spider lives in the Pacific Northwest. A bite from this spider is non lethal and is no cause for alarm. Not to be confused with the deadly funnel web spider found in Australia. Not a big threat to humans, this spider rarely bites and is not dangerous.

Funnel Web Spider

Funnel Web Spider
Funnel Web Spider


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      Jonathan Willson 

      4 weeks ago

      Pointless information if size is not given.

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      Blaetor Multharin 

      10 months ago

      The photos of these spiders are incorrect. That is not a Black Widow. The Wolf Spider is not a sculpture of a spider. The Orb Weaver is also incorrect. Please look up these spiders for yourself please. This post is full of errors sad to say.

    • LucidDreams profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

      Glad you did not have any major problems from your bite. I was also bitten by both a Black Widow and Brown Recluse in my life. Both times I went to the hospital but in the end, only minor damage.

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      5 years ago from Australia

      Greetings from the land of the funnel web. Your black widow looks a lot like our 'redback' spider. Same shape. Ours tend to have a red stripe, although some have hardly any red at all.

      I was bitten by one hiding in my shoe years ago. Three bites across the top of my toes. Happy to report, I survived it!

    • LucidDreams profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida


      You are correct that they will not neccesarily kill you but the bite is very damaging. My leg is proof of that. I happen to be lucky and bitten by both a recluse and a black widow in my lifetime.

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      6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      The brown recluse isn't really that poisonous. You can be bitten by one and live for several weeks. You'd really have to ignore the giant area of flesh rotting off your body for a while to actually die from that spider, lol.

    • LucidDreams profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

      I just read that the average person eats 55 spiders in their lifetime through processed food and such. Yuck!!!!

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      6 years ago from Romania

      Wow, spiders, what a subject... Now I keep looking everywhere around me, jneain complete horror :)) thanks, very informative and interesting


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