Amazon Rainforest

8 curious facts about Amazon Spiders

With six or more eyes, eight legs and a pair of chilling fangs, spiders are known worldwide for their poison, strong webs and their ability to sneak out. If you are planning to visit us soon, you might encounter a few of these along the way. Keep on reading to learn curious facts about these fascinating insects.

  1. There are approximately 40,000 types of spiders around the world, however, scientists estimate that there are many more that have not been discovered yet .The most poisonous spiders are Goliath Tarantula, Hobo Spider, Sack Spider and The Australian Spider that can be deadly as well as The Black Widow. Nevertheless, the so-called Brazilian wandering spiders, of the genus Phoneutria, are the most poisonous spiders in the world. 


  1. 50% of women and 16% of men around the world suffer arachnophobia, an irrational fear of spiders. If they see a spider, they may not enter the general vicinity until they have overcome the panic attack that is often associated with their phobia. Some people scream, cry, experience trouble breathing, sweat, or even faint when they come in contact with a spiders.


  1. Among the insects that are in the diet of tarantulas are crickets, cockroaches, locusts, grasshoppers, worms, among others, however, crickets are their preferred food. They generally feed on insects and small arthropods, but in some cases they can eat animals such as mice or baby birds. As a result, some species are referred to as bird eaters  as the Goliath Tarantula.


  1. Do you know who holds the record for the most powerful spider bite in the world? It is the Atrax spider from Australia. Its fangs are so strong that they can go through a normal shoe. Also the poison of this spider can kill a man in less than an hour.


  1. The strange social spiders of the Amazon live in impressive communities of 50,000 spiders, these communes exist and the largest are in South America. The Anelosimus eximius is the species of the Amazon that even though they aren’t the only type of social spiders in the world, they are those that weave the biggest cobwebs there are. Some of these structures can measure 7.6 meters long and 1.5 meters wide.


If you want an up close encounter, then plan your trip to the spectacular Amazon and stay in Yacuma EcoLodge, we offer the best experience at the Amazon rainforest. We offer good service and comfortable bungalows made with sustainable materials.