Brazilian wandering spider

Brazilian wandering spider

Most Venomous Spider in The World

The Brazilian wandering spider is a highly venomous and defensive species of spider found in the tropical South and Central America. They belong to the Ctenidae family of wandering spiders. In fact the Brazilian Wandering Spider is not the world's largest spider and is just about four to five inches in length which is quite small, but don't get fooled by the size. There are a few researchers who believe that this spider is the most poisonous arachnid on the face of the earth, being both territorial and highly aggressive.
The Brazilian wandering spider is medium size hairy spindly looking creatures with eight eyes, out of which two are very large. They move very fast and have spiky and strong legs. When angered it is possible to see their characteristic red jaws. Remember that Brazilian Wandering Spiders can be exceptionally fast, venomous and aggressive.

Diet of Brazilian Wandering Spider

Fully grown Brazilian Wandering spiders consume crickets and other big insects, pinkie mice and small lizards. While the young spiders of this variety eat pinhead crickets and flightless fruit flies.

Habitat of Brazilian Wandering Spider

The Brazilian Wandering spider is so named as it is known to wander on the floor of the jungle, rather than make web or dwell in dens. This is also the reason why this spider is believed to be so dangerous. It has been seen that in thickly populated regions of South America, the Brazilian Wandering spider looks for cover under dark places to conceal itself during the day, and hides in homes, clothes, shoes, cars, boxes as well as log heaps. This can be very dangerous and even cause accidents when they are disturbed by people.
The Brazilian Wandering spider is sometimes known as the 'banana spider' as it is found in big bunches of bananas. If any big and hairy spider is found in a shipment of bananas, it is vital to take due care to avoid serious accidents.
2010 Guinness World Records has termed the Brazilian wandering spiders as the most poisonous spider in the world.

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© M Hedin „Ctenus exlineae (F Ctenidae), female protecting eggsac“
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