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The Red Widow

The head and legs of the red widow are red and its abdomen is black with rows of red or orange dots. This spider can only be found in central and southern Florida. Its existence outside of Florida is unknown. They are also nocturnal, which means that they are only active during the night and they typically act like any other widow spider. Another dangerous spider species in Florida is the recluse spider, and this spider can also be found worldwide. Recluse spiders are usually sized from 6 to 12 mm. The color of their abdomens can vary from tan to dark brown. It is a specific kind of spider since it has only six eyes, as opposed to the normal eight eyes in other spiders.

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The Northern Black Widow

The Northern widow can also be recognized by an hourglass marking on the underside of its abdomen, but this marking looks incomplete in these spiders since the top half and the bottom half are separated. It typically has a row of red dots running down its abdomen. These spiders are also not aggressive and they only bite if they feel threatened and if they are disturbed.

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The Southern Black Widow

The black southern widow spiders (also known as the black widow) are black in color and have a bright red hourglass marking on the underside of their abdomen. They are not aggressive but they will bite if they feel threatened. The black widow’s bite feels like a pinprick and sometimes the bite can be recognized by a reddish area around the bite.

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The Brown Widow

The brown widow is an introduced species while the other three are native to Florida. Its color is usually medium brown although some of them may be dark brown or light brown. It is highly timid and it rarely bites. Nevertheless, the brown widow reproduces quite rapidly and this can create quite a problem since they can spread around one’s home in a very short period. Unlike the black widow, it is less inclined to inject large amounts of venom into its victim, although its venom is twice as potent. This is why anyone with a poor immune system should be careful when it comes to the brown widow spider.

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Brazilian Wandering Spider

The brazilian wandering spider, also known as the ”banana spider” is enlisted in the Guiness world records book as the most venomous spider responsible for the majority of spider bite deaths in humans. Only 0,006mg of its neurotoxic poison is enough to kill a mouse.

This spideris a wanderer and therefore, it can be found in many places, such as clothes, cars and houses. The reason for this is that they look for dark places during daylight and when they are somehow disturbed, they attack. Its name “banana spider” originated from its nature to hide in banana bunches.
This is the way it actually got spread around the world, within the banana crates sent to grocery stores around the globe.
Even though these spiders are called one of the deadliest, in some occasions it may not be so. Many scientists believe that these spiders do not inject venom every time they bite.
However they are a threat to be aware of because it is a fact that they are deadly and there are many cases in which these spiders caused death in humans.

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Camel Spiders

Camel spiders look like a cross between a spider, scorpion and an insect, and they are closely related to all three of these species. They do not have venom and cannot make spider webs, instead they use their strong jaws to crack their prey’s skin.

Their other names are:
The sun spider
the wind spider
the wind scorpion

They look like spiders with a rounded abdomen, their color is usually light grey or tan. Camel spiders are no more than six inches long. Their front legs are not legs at all because they are sticky and their cause is to help with catching a prey and climbing any surface.
The other legs are long and covered with long hairs.
They have eight legs and the front legs are used to feel the area, as a guide to where they should go. Some camel spiders are great climbers and can even climb very tall buildings in search of prey.
Their habitats are mostly hot areas like desert regions, where they usually hide under rocks and sand, and they are mostly active at night, not daylight.

Camel spiders prefer sandy areas and are geographically found in Northern Africa, the Middle East and some United States regions.
They are not really dangerous to people at all because they do not have venom. Nevertheless, they are pretty aggressive and their bite can be very painful. Their bite can sometimes lead to an infection because it sometimes leaves damage to the skin.
However, this occurs rarely since their primary preys are other venomous insects. In order to avoid a camel spider bite you should try to avoid any contact with it that includes unprotected skin. It is better to avoid any contact whatsoever so try to check your clothing and shoes if you suspect a camel spider is somewhere nearby, and avoid sleeping on bare ground as much as possible. If you find them anywhere on your body, gently brush them off. It may be difficult to stay calm within the presence of such a large animal, but try to do so as much as possible in order to avoid an anxiety attack.

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Brown Recluse Spider

ABOUT THE BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER:

Attics and sheds – in the Midwestern states of the United States – are places where you’ll find a desert brown spider.
These spiders are ranked in color from yellow brown to dark brown with dark legs.
Their poison is highly toxic and can cause serious wounds and infections, but the sting is sometimes painless.
The brown recluse spider is a desert spider, and it is poisonous.
It’s venom breaks down red blood cells and causes serious skin damage.

The patient should be taken to a doctor as soon as possible, and if possible, the spider should be brought for identification.

The brown recluse spider:

This spider can be seen in the United States. Its normal size is 8 to 12 milimetres. The best way to recognize this spider is by its eyes because it has six eyes as opposed to the normal eight eyes in other spiders. Its legs are without spines, and it’s cephalothorax has an interesting violin shaped marking. The brown recluse spider can be found in garages, woodpiles, sheds, attics where it feels comfortable and protected. It is rarely aggressive and the most common occasions when it bites are the situations when it comes to a close contact with the skin and when it is tangled in clothes, often those clothes which had not been worn for a while. However, this spider has small fangs so it is not usually able to bite a person through clothes.

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The Black Widow

Most spiders are usually harmless, but their bites can also be very painful.
Even the bite of the black widow is not lethal unless a child or a very ill person was bitten.
Nevertheless, a spider bite can cause serious damage so in case a person was bitten it is of great importance to find a doctor as soon as possible.
When it comes to the bite of the black widow a person will experience a shooting pain but the bite spot is not that easy to see, so there should be some extra precautions when it comes to children who do not have the possibility to realize they were bitten.
The black widow injects neurotoxin when biting and this substance causes shooting pain, convulsions, fever and breathing difficulties.

The symptoms will start fifteen or twenty minutes after a person was bitten and they usually last for a couple of hours or they can reappear several days in a row. A specific serum is necessary for the treatment of this type of bite.

ABOUT THE BLACK WIDOW:

Forest cuttings and stumps of trees are the places where the poisonous female black widows hide.
The Black Widow is a long-legged and gloss black spider with a distinctive bottom edge which is orange,
red or yellow like the hourglass.
The diameter of the largest Black Widow is 5 inches.

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The facts about black widow spider

A black widow’s venom is a strong neurotoxin which affects the victim’s nervous system
Black widows prefer dark places and they will not bite unless they are disturbed in some way
Only the female spider will bite if disturbed.

The first symptom of the bite is a sharp shooting pain
Children and elderly people are more affected by the symptoms of a black widow bite since their immune system may fail to protect them.

After a few hours the bite spot will swell up
The bitten person should seek medical help as soon as possible
Some people recommend a hot bath and some recommend cold and warm compresses in order to mild down the pains of muscle spasms.

Black widow bite symptoms include nausea, difficulties while breathing and speaking, fever, dizziness, cramps and elevated blood pressure.

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