Florida Orb Web Spider

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Up to three inches long, the female Florida orb web spider is five or six times larger than the male.  She traps flying insects in a large, sticky orb-web of silk spirals.  Wrapped in silk, captured prey may be stored for a future mealtime.

Goliath Tarantula

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Only a goliath tarantula, big as a dinner plate, is large enough to prey on young birds and other small animals. The spider sneaks up and pounces on its prey, using one-inch long fangs to deliver a venomous bite. The bite is not deadly to humans yet may cause pain, nausea, and sweating.

Togo Starburst Tarantula

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The Togo starburst tarantula is arboreal, living high up in the trees. It spins a long hollow silk tube in which to shelter. From its hiding place in the crook of a tree, the tarantula ambushes an insect and injects it with venom. The venom paralyzes the insect and breaks down its body tissue into liquid that the tarantula sucks up.

Brown Recluse Spider

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This potentially dangerous spider is in fact quite shy (a real recluse) and normally bites humans only when accidentally trapped against the skin. It often bears a fiddle-like marking, but is best identified by its characteristic eye pattern (three paired lens). Unfortunately, many similar beneficial spiders are mistakenly killed.