North America’s Most Venomous Spiders Are Shocking. #4 is a Lot More Common Than Many Originally Thought!

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Thankfully there aren't a ton of dangerous spiders in North America, but the creepy crawlers who continued to live off of our fear and loathing give us reason to pause.

For starters learn more about a recluse spider, which many of us are well aware of. Hopefully, you've never had to encounter one of these spiders, since a single bite can cause a significant injury that involves tissue loss and necrosis. Though rare, a single bite can also cause a person to die.

1. Recluse Spiders (Loxosceles)

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This species measures 6 to 18 mm (1/4 to 3/4 inch) in body length. A dark violin shape is located on the top of the leg attachment region with the neck of the violin pointing backward toward the abdomen. When most spiders have 8 eyes, Recluse Spiders has only 6 arranged in pairs – one pair in front and a pair on either side.

The Brown Recluse Spider’s venom can cause significant cutaneous injury with tissue loss and necrosis, and can be deadly to humans. However, though it is very dangerous to people, it is not an aggressive species and it only bites when threatened.

After the break, learn more about another common spider that you've undoubtedly read about before, but do you really know what a bite can do to you?! Find out more on the next page.

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17 Comments

  1. James McCarthy said:

    Try waking up in the woods with a brown recluse on your junk. Flick it off after almost reaction smacking it. Go to wipe the sweat off your brow and find his$#%&[email protected]*brother on your forearm inches from your eye.

    Yeah.$#%&[email protected]*spiders.

  2. James Hardwick Sr said:

    My grandson was bitten by a brown recluse spider nasty nasty and i teated it with in min of the bite rotted alot of flesh away

  3. Roy Thompson said:

    our most poisioness spider believe it or not is a grandaddy long leggs but his poison is in his skin. thats why chickens birds or nothing else will eat them

  4. Kevin Martin said:

    Grand daddy long legs are harvest men, they’re not spiders, they only have one body segment instead of three. They do have venom but cannot bite us, they are poisonous to eat. That’s the only way they can hurt you.

  5. Doug Schuetz said:

    Kevin Martin good point about the body.have had tarantulas most of my life.i see you’re correct now. Thanks.

  6. Kevin Martin said:

    No problem, I don’t understand why they would be on this list without making a distinction

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