10 facts about Spiders

Probably not suitable reading for Arachnophobes!

  • Spiders are not insects but belong to a separate class called Arachnida, which includes ticks, mites, and scorpions.
  • There are around 50,000 known species of spiders, with more being discovered all the time.
  • Spiders have been around for at least 380 million years, making them one of the oldest land animals still in existence.
  • Some spiders are able to glide through the air using a technique called “ballooning.” They release a strand of silk and let the wind carry them to a new location.
Garden Cross Spider
Garden Cross Spider (Araneus diadematus)
  • Some female spiders are known to eat their male partners after mating, though this behavior is not common in all species.
  • The venom of some spider species, such as the funnel-web spider, can be deadly to humans.
  • Spider silk is incredibly strong and lightweight, and researchers are studying it as a possible material for use in everything from bulletproof vests to artificial tendons.
  • The largest spider in the world is the Goliath bird-eating spider, which can grow to be as big as a dinner plate.
  • Some spiders have multiple sets of eyes, with some species having up to eight eyes.
  • Spiders are found on every continent except for Antarctica.


  1. I went to England about 40 years ago on a Librarian Tour of Great Britain. We spent our first night at a hotel in Havant, near Portsmouth. We were jetlagged which may be why I woke up in the middle of the night. I must have sensed the 7 🕷️ on the ceiling. Being quite Arachnophobic, I demanded my husband do his husbandly duty and defend me from the spider onslaught.

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  2. Spiders I can deal with, even the big huntsmen we sometimes get in the house. Snakes on the other hand…give me the creeps. That’s a great spider photo – he’s so spiky. I wrote and illustrated a picture book for my grandson about a spider who comes into the house. 🙂

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  3. I happen to like spiders 🕷 Denzil! Maybe the web in my last name (Webster) is a hint. 😆 My mom had a terrarium with a tarantula or two when we were kids. Interesting facts, but I didn’t realize ticks were in the family of arachnids. Hate ticks. Awesome images!

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  4. The jumping spiders are my favorite species of spider. As a kid a I use to keep them as pets. They were quite fascinating to watch and easy to take care of.

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    • I never graduated to spiders as a kid Robert. Stick insects, butterflies, moths, frogs, toads in the bedroom, but never spiders. Is it too late?


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