THE world’s most venomous spider is not the world’s biggest spider, as its leg-span only reaches up to five inches.
But what is the world’s most venomous spider and should we be on the lookout for it in the UK? Here’s what you need to know.
They are not the biggest spider species, as their leg-span reaches up to five inches[/caption]
What is the most venomous spider in the world?
The most lethal and venomous spider in the world is the Brazilian Wandering spider, according to Guinness Book of World Records.
They are known as the wandering spider because they do not build webs, but instead walk the jungle floor at night looking for prey.
They are not the biggest spider species, as their leg-span reaches up to five inches.
They’re nocturnal and hide in houses and cars during the day where they are easily disturbed by humans.
When the spiders are defending themselves, they lift their body up on their hind legs in a defensive display.
The first two pairs of legs are lifted high in the air, while the spider sways from side to side.
Their Greek name Phoneutria actually means “murderess” – an indication of their deadly bite.
Guinness World Records says that while the spider is the most toxic, an effective antivenom is available and few fatalities occur.
If you are bitten, chances are nothing bad will happen. Out of 7,000 cases, only 10 people died from its bite.
The venom causes extreme pain and inflammation, loss of muscle control and breathing problems, resulting in paralysis and eventual asphyxiation.
The spider’s bite can cause an unwanted erection in men, sometimes lasting for four hours.
Scientists are hoping they can use the spider’s venom in erectile dysfunction medication, reported Mirror.
When the spiders are defending themselves, they lift their body up on their hind legs in a defensive display[/caption]
Are they in the UK?
Yes, unfortunately they can be found in the UK.
In 2017, a mum forced to flee her home in terror when hundreds of the world’s most venomous spiders burst from a bunch of bananas.
Gemma Price, 30, found the creatures suddenly crawling across her hands, arms and down her pyjamas while peeling one of the fruits.
The critters – later identified as Brazilian wandering spiders – also swarmed over her bedclothes and into her son’s cot.
She called 999 and was told to get out of the property as quickly as possible.
She grabbed seven-month-old son Leo and sprinted across the road to where her mum lives.
Pest control experts were called in and sprayed the property but it was three days before Gemma was allowed back.
Last year, a student has been left on edge after discovering a spider’s web in a bunch of Tesco bananas.
Jordan Pollock, 22, fears he could have a Brazilian Wandering Spider in his home after finding the thick web in his discounted supermarket fruit.
They’re nocturnal and hide in houses and cars during the day where they are easily disturbed by humans[/caption]
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He picked up the bananas for just 10p while shopping with his girlfriend at a Tesco store in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire – only discovering the nasty spider’s web the following day.
The TV production student said he even ate one of the bananas before making the grim discovery.
In another instance, an officer worker had a lucky escape after discovering a deadly Brazilian Wandering spider in a bunch of bananas he had purchased from an ASDA store.
Neil Langley, 52, had popped into the supermarket whilst on his lunch break and had bought the bunch of seven bananas before placing them in a clear plastic bag.
However, it wasn’t until Neil had returned back to his office at the Department and Work and Pensions, in Birmingham City Centre, that he noticed the bag moving whilst tucking into this sandwich.