Spiders are one of the most feared creatures on the planet, and with good reason. They can be venomous, they can be huge, and they can be downright creepy. But despite all of that, there are still a lot of misconceptions about these eight-legged creatures. Let’s take a look at five of the most common myths about spiders.
1. Spiders are poisonous
This is one of the most common myths about spiders, and it’s also one of the most dangerous. While it’s true that some spiders are venomous, the vast majority are not. In fact, of the approximately 40,000 species of spiders in the world, only around 200 are considered to be dangerous to humans. So, unless you’re dealing with a black widow or a brown recluse, chances are the spider you’re looking at is harmless.
2. All spiders are huge
Another common misconception about spiders is that they’re all huge. While some species, like the goliath birdeater, can reach impressive sizes, the vast majority of spiders are actually quite small. The average spider is only about the size of a pea, and even the largest species only grow to be about the size of a human hand. So, unless you’re dealing with a tarantula or a Goliath birdeater, chances are the spider you’re looking at is fairly small.
3. Spiders are aggressive
Another common myth about spiders is that they’re aggressive, and will attack humans if given the chance. This simply isn’t true. Spiders are generally shy creatures that would much rather run away from humans than attack them. In fact, the vast majority of spider bites are the result of humans accidentally stepping on or otherwise disturbing spiders. So, unless you’re actively trying to provoke a spider, there’s very little chance of being attacked by one.
4. Spiders are slimy
This is another common misconception about spiders, likely due to their many legs. In reality, spiders are not slimy at all. In fact, they’re actually quite dry, due to the fact that they don’t have any pores in their exoskeletons. So, if you’re ever feeling brave enough to handle a spider, you can rest assured that you won’t be getting slimy.
5. Spiders are intelligent
Finally, one of the most common myths about spiders is that they’re intelligent creatures. This simply isn’t true. While spiders are capable of building webs and other structures, they do so using instinct and trial-and-error, rather than actual intelligence. So, while spiders may be fascinating creatures, they’re not exactly the smartest creatures in the animal kingdom.