Fear black widow spiders

THE black widow spider is poisonous and is part of the arachnid family, which includes spiders, ticks, mites and scorpions.

THE black widow spider is poisonous and is part of the arachnid family, which includes spiders, ticks, mites and scorpions.

Its body is about 1cm long and it has long legs. It is shiny and black with a red-orange or yellow mark in the shape of an hourglass on its stomach.

Found in the Western hemisphere in damp, dark places, their favourite places are wood piles, tree stumps, storage sheds, fruit and vegetable gardens and under rocks. If one bites you, get medical help immediately. - kidshealth.org; emedicinehealth.com; medicinenet.com

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