INTRODUCTION TO THE VENOMOUS SPIDERS AREA
When I was a child, I remember being fascinated by spiders. I remember watching spiders spin complete webs in the widows at my Grandma and Grandpa's cottage. I collected spiders in jars and watched them for hours on end before releasing them. As an adult, I've owned several different breeds of tarantula, and remain fascinated by spiders of all kinds. Unfortunately, many people do not share this same fascination. Spiders are often the source of nightmares and acute fear (arachnophobia) in people. This is in part due to Hollywood's portrayal of spiders as malevolent, aggressive and deadly creatures. The fact is, spiders are extremely beneficial in nature, and are an excellent natural form of pest control.
While virtually all spiders are venomous, only a small percentage of them have a potentially dangerous bite. While some people might be familiar with those potentially dangerous species of spiders found in their areas, I know that not all of them are. I hope that these pages, and the links on them, can help educate adults and kids alike about these potentially dangerous spiders. I hope that it will help them be able to identify a venomous spider, should they ever encounter one, and prevent any dangerous situation that might arise from not recognizing a potentially harmful spider.
They say a picture is worth 1000 words, and I think that is very true when it comes to recognizing these potentially harmful spiders. It is my hope to have photographs of every spider listed on this site. If you are an arachnologist or photographer, and have photographs that could be used on this site, or linked too, please let me know.
I would like to thank everyone who has allowed me to use his or her photographs. Please be sure to visit my credits page for a list. Please note that all photographs are copyrighted as noted. Please respect the copyrights of the photograph owners.
In the following pages is information on dangerously venomous spiders. The various pages include:
- Venomous Spiders of the U.S. by Common Name
- Venomous Spiders of the U.S. by Scientific Name
- Venomous Spiders by State
- Venomous Spiders of Florida