These spider facts will change your mind about these animals. They’re fascinating!

Expert hunters, specialists in creating durable materials, and promising medicines. Spider facts show how amazing these creatures are.

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Through nearly 400 million years of evolution, arachnids have perfected the art of hunting. They’re natural-born killers — typically acting alone, with insects being their most common prey. They possess an exceptionally rich arsenal of poisons and can weave intricate webs from an extremely elastic and resilient material, stronger than steel, although mainly made of proteins.

Spiders’ ability to build bridges in the air has inspired us to invent superheroes like Spider-Man. Here are some selected spider facts.

Goliath birdeater — [Photo:, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons]

Nature facts about spiders

First, a handful of biology facts. They demonstrate how extraordinary spiders are.

  • What is the world’s largest spider? It’s the Goliath birdeater. Its total body length can exceed 30 cm.
  • The most dangerous spider in the world is considered to be the Sydney funnel-web spider (Atrax robustus). These spiders have sharp fangs capable of piercing human nails. They have killed at least 26 people.
  • In Germany, the presence of the dangerous Zoropsis spinimana spider, commonly known as Nosferatu, is increasingly being recorded.
  • Spiders can catch prey much larger than themselves. The false black widow can subdue shrews. Meanwhile, Latrodectus hasselti preys on snakes much larger than themselves.
  • New species of spiders are still being discovered. One was named after the rock musician Lou Reed and actor Joaquin Phoenix. Meanwhile, a new species of spider from Miami has been found to be endangered.
  • Parasitic fungi are also a real threat to spiders.
  • The tropical spider Trechalea extensa can hide underwater for up to 30 minutes.
  • Spiders use electric fields to fly. Delicate threads of…