The World’s Deadliest Spiders That Are Closer Than You Think

Fringed Ornamental Tarantula

Tarantulas are the archetypal big hairy spiders that have been the terror of arachnophobes since the beginning of time. The name comes from a Spanish dance, which apparently is how people jumped around when bitten by one of these critters. Tarantulas are mygalomorphs, which means their twin fangs point downwards and have to be stabbed into the prey, rather than the pincer like action of most smaller species.  It carries a potent venom and injects it by the bucket load into its prey, so beware.

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