Myth: Some spiders are poisonous and others are not.
Fact: There are two problems with this idea: a technicality, and a set of false assumptions. First, the technicality. "Poisonous" and "venomous" are two different things. Offhand, I can't think of any spider that is poisonous (harmful to eat, breathe or touch). Mushrooms are sometimes poisonous, but spiders are not; they are venomous (their toxins are proteins and work by being injected, not by being eaten).
Second, we have a set of false assumptions about spider venoms. Almost all spiders are venomous; only two small families lack venom glands. The purpose of spider venom is to subdue the spider's prey, almost always insects. In brief, it's an insecticide. Spider venom does not exist to harm creatures, like humans, which are too large for spiders to eat, and in nearly all cases has little if any effect on humans.
A minority of spider species have venom that can cause localized pain in humans, like the venom of bees or wasps. (Bees and wasps are far more dangerous than spiders, however; wasps cause many deaths annually). Of around 50,000 spider species known, only about 25 (1/20 of 1%) have venom capable of causing illness in humans, to a greater or lesser extent. In any given locality you can expect to find from zero to (at most) three such species. These species are called "medically significant" spiders.
Actually, spiders are the only phobia I have. I cannot touch them but I will still move them outside the house rather than kill them so long as they are not one of the "medically significant" spiders mentioned above or shown here.
And Abbie, taking pics like that is a GREAT way to get over the phobia or at least control it.
Yes, I am trying to get more photos now I know where they are
I have an allergy to bee stings. I was out in the garden working today (love working online as I can get a tan and work at the same time) and I suddenly spotted we have a hive in an area right where I was sitting. It used to have a tree which was pulled and nothing will grow there. Bees were coming in and out very industrious. I am SO pleased as many of our honey bees died off this last winter :(
Gosh, I would not have gotten so close to all those thousands of spiders, I screamed when I almost rant into this one. There was a story years back true story about students in science class had a spider in an aquarium and of course the egg pouch hatched hundreds of tiny spiders, alot of the students took ill I am not sure but I think it was a black widow. and there were hundreds and while the students were in class the baby spiders made a break for it and alot of the students in the class took ill from the spider bites. Because the spiders were so tiny, there bites were not lethal
Ewwwwwwww! Never have liked spiders. I got over my phobia of them years ago by holding a taranchula but I still don't like them.
Snakes have never freaked me out, though. When my sons were younger they had a pet rat snake and a boa.
Every year where I live there is a big festival.....they bill it as the biggest rattlesnake roundup in the world.
Here are a couple of my shots from this years fest....
There are thousands of them rounded up for the festival....
Common house spider is all it is :) Great snake images Phyllis -- had a pet boa once upon a time...Gary Glitter so named as his belly scales were gorgeous in their iridescence...
Is this the same festival Phyllis, that finally outlawed that horrid practise of sewing the snakes' mouth shut so festival 'partyers' could pose with them? No food, no water -- just cruelty in the guise of a 'festival'.
I'm not really 'fond' of snakes or spiders - but - they are "horrible". Last year we had a beautiful orb weaver that was huge living at the side of our front entrance. He was marvelous at catching mosquitoes. He/she lived there for months.
You aren't going to like this, Abbie....but they kill and skin all the rattlers they collect for the fest. I won't show some other photos I took of that part. I didn't like it either but I understand why it's done. The numbers get out of control and they kill horses and cattle...plus the threat to people when they invade homes. It would be nice if nature was just left to take it's course but where there are people...sometimes culling the population needs to be done when the numbers grow too large.
No, I've not seen them sew their mouths shut. I posed with one draped around my shoulders. The handler just held it's head tight. Like I said...I don't like the whole idea of the festival myself...but I'm not a native Texan and it's what goes on here...has for years.
Yea, I'm trying not to say too much about it...the debate could get political....but I'll just say, I know how you feel. I'm a nature lover too.
Back to spiders now?? Ugh! I'm not looking ok,ok...that part of nature I can't say I love...don't hate them, they have a purpose...but don't love spiders! lol! ; )
Unfortunately fiddle back aka brown recluse spiders are very numerous where I live. I have not know of them to kill anyone, but I have know people who ended up in the hospital form a single bite. They kill the flesh where they bite site is, and make a big hole that is difficult to heal. They really scare me, and I think every brown spider I see is one of them because I am not good at telling them apart! Phylis, I would think you have them in TX too. Maybe you are lucky and they don't live there......
@ Ann, you described the bite I had on my cheek, except it was a bump first. Took many months to go away and people I met for the first time after the bite were surprised when suddenly the bump was gone and there was a hole. Happily, that went away over time.
I don't have the photos posted here, but a friend and I photographed 4 copperheads in one area in the Smoky Mountains while they moved in and out of the sun. The one eastern diamondback rattle snake in the same area was not a happy camper so we just left him alone by a stump. Later he rattled for us as he crossed the trail behind us. Photographing the copperheads was a little scary but thrilling at the same time. They were so "docile" and posed very well. We were 4' to 5' away at times but they were not coiled to strike. When I nearly stepped on what would be the 5th one in the area, I got a little creeped out and watched where I put my knees for the rest of theday Am always thrilled to find snakes outside. Spiders in the house, of which I seem to find several, die with no chance of being carried out.
Oops, sorry JC. It was big and rattled and was in the eastern part of the US in Tennessee. It was pretty! I'm the type of friend who when out shooting wildflowers with a friend picked up a maybe 3' king snake (we think) for my friend to photograph with her macro lens. She got a great shot. I got pooped on. She didn't return the favor though. No snakes were harmed in this shoot and the snake was quite quiet.
These are the two most frieghtening images I have taken so far. The rattlesnake being the scariest and also the dumbest thing I have ever done in my life, as I thought he was a python and couldn't bite...(LOL). I was very lucky...