In the world there are currently 35,000 named species of spiders. You name it form tarantulas to house spiders and everything in between, the world scientists have found a way to distinctly identify the spider population in the world helping other professions like doctors to know how to treat some of the more severe spider bites. The general consensus is also that there ae many more species that we haven’t named.
Many people say spiders are just fuzzy cuties with a bad reputation because of incorrect depiction by the Hollywood movie industry but many of us are still skeptical about them and would rather err on the side of caution. This means staying clear of the eight legged creatures. But knowledge is power so learning how to identify the “beast” is always a good idea. After all we are co-existing with each other on this planet.
There are a few way to find out what spider you are looking at including
Looking for distinct markings
Venomous spiders like the brown recluse spider have a violin shaped identification on them which is so poetic. The violin shape is very distinct and it occurs on their back in darker shade of brown compared to the rest of their brown body.
The black widow female spider has a distinct red mark on its back also very cryptic because it almost shouts out to you as you approach the spider “danger ahead.”
The hobo spider has chevron markings on their abdomen. The marking are yellow in color and they dot the upper part of the abdomen,
Look at the behavior
If the spider is aggressive you are dealing with most probably a dangerous spider like the blue tarantula. It is crucial to know which spider is native to where you are and how it behaviors. If the slider begins to move towards you like the Brazilian wanderer you must move away immediately and keep your distance.
Look at the appearance
The appearance will not steer you wrong but because one species can have different variations in colors you have to do your research. Take the tarantula for example, it is typically a brown fuzzy spider but the cobalt blue tarantula is no less a tarantula just because it has a different color.
Look for parts like longer legs and over developed fangs or claws. Speaking of the legs, look at the shape of the legs as well. Also look at the number of eyes and their location.
The identity of the spider you are dealing with is crucial if you have been bitten. So it is in your interest to know what spiders are prevalent in the locale you live in or are travelling to.