LIKE them or loathe them, Spiders play an important part of our ecosystem and with approximately 45,000 known species of Spider in the world, they are here to stay.
In fact, according to the American Museum of Natural History, there would be a ‘famine’ without them. Spiders eat a whole range of critters who themselves feed on our plants and crops. So, they don’t just keep your house bug free.
That being said, it doesn’t mean you have to like them, and, in fact, a large number of people have an absolute fear of the Spider in any shape or form. This is called Arachnophobia.
Arachnophobia is a severe and irrational fear of spiders, although it probably won’t feel irrational if you suffer from it. It affects up to 6.1 per cent of the entire global population which is approximately 475 million people.
The treatment for arachnophobia is probably as bad for the sufferer as the phobia itself as currently the only way to treat arachnophobia is by exposure treatment. This involves relaxation techniques and, eventually, getting the sufferer to engage with live spiders.
Did you know that Spiders are not insects and actually part of the arachnid family?
The South American Goliath bird-eater is by no means the only large arachnid in existence.
Ten of the World’s Biggest Spiders
Did you know that Spiders, Scorpions, Mites and Ticks are all part of the arachnid family?
Just like all countries, Spain has its share of both indigenous and migrant varieties. There are thought to be around 59 varieties of Spider in Spain however as arachnids don’t follow territorial borders in the same way that humans do, this number could easily be slightly more or slightly less. The most common Spanish spiders are:
Lycosidae, also known as Wolf spiders, a robust and agile hunter with excellent eyesight.
Araneidae, also known as Orb weaving spiders, these are the most common group of web building spiders.
Sparassidae, also known as the Giant crab spider or Huntsman spider, this is a mainly tropical breed of spider that prefers sunnier climates.
Salticidae, also known as Jumping spiders, this family contains over 6,000 different species variation.
Sicariidae, also known as Violin Spiders, this family of six-eyed spiders known for their potentially necrotic venomous bites.
Macrothelidae, also known as Large spinnerets spider. This species was discovered and named in 1871 and can be found all over the world from Asia to Europe.
Theridiidae, also known as Comb footed spiders. This is the most globally diverse group of spiders with over 2,200 species.
While you will see from above that there are varieties of venomous spiders in Spain, as stated above, you are more likely to be bitten by a dog than you are a spider. However, that said, it can and does occasionally happen.
Interesting Spanish Spider Bite Facts
Did you know that Spiders are found on EVERY continent in the world … except Antarctica?
So now you have a bit more information about not only spiders in general but also the variety of the species found in Spain, do you feel you have changed your mind about helping or harming one you found in your home?
With our help, have you now changed your mind about Spiders in Spain from Loathe to Like? Have you switched from Like to Loathe?
Either way, Spiders play an import part in our ecosystem and lives so next time maybe think twice before squashing that little critter roaming around your home.
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