Brazilian Wandering Spider

The Brazilian wandering spiders are sometimes mistaken for tarantulas because they are hairy and huge
The Brazilian wandering spider is sometimes mistaken for a tarantula because is also hairy and huge

If this the first time you are hearing about the Brazilian wandering spider and you see its photo, we’re guessing that one of the first things that come to your mind is if the Brazilian wandering spider is poisonous or not.

Some spiders carry venom that can cause paralysis, nausea, vomiting and even death to their victims. Some spiders are hunters and don’t live weaving their own web. Others can also jump from one place to another. These are  interesting characteristics that spiders possess which people must be aware of.

AKA armed spiders

The Brazilian wandering spiders, also known as the armed spiders, are active hunters mainly found in South America and Central America. They are mostly found in forest because these spiders hide and live in dark and moist places. They can be found in logs, boxes or in even in the folds of old clothes and shoes.

They don’t weave webs for they spend their lives wandering on the ground hunting for crickets, lizard and mice.

What they look like?

The Brazilian wandering spiders are sometimes mistaken for tarantulas because they are hairy and huge. They have a measurement of 1 inch long with a leg span of up to 5 inches. Their colors are mostly yellow-brown with large stripes.

These spiders attack when feel threatened, so take cover when you see their bodies lifted up into an erect position with their frontal legs high up in the air. They do that when they are ready to strike you.

A poisonous kind of spider

The Guinness Book of World Records name the Brazilian wandering spider as the most poisonous spider in the world. Its bite is extremely painful because of its large fangs. Its venom contains toxins that can cause difficulty in breathing, loss or muscle control and even death. It is also known that the Brazilian wandering spider venom can also cause prolonged erection that can damage the penis of its male victims and now scientist are studying them to find a cure for erectile dysfunction.

First aid for a Brazilian wandering spider bite

When a person is bitten by a Brazilian wandering spider, don’t panic and give first aid remedy to spider bite:

  • If one is bitten by this spider, have the victim lie down and be calm as possible to prevent the toxin from spreading rapidly throughout the victim’s body.
  • It can also help to slow down the toxin by applying pressure (for example, putting a bandage) to the bitten area.
  • Clean the wound with soap and water.
  • Call the doctor immediately. If not treated or given anti-venom, the spider bite can cause death or serious injury to the victim.

So the next time you go camping in a forest, cleaning your house or even opening a box or banana bunches, be on the lookout for Brazilian wandering spiders. Be prepared with bandages including your doctor’s numbers and some anti-venom when someone you know is bitten by them.