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The Black Widow

 

The Black Widow earned its nickname for their somewhat macabre reputation. It is not uncommon for the female Black Widow to eat her male counterpart after they have finished mating. Their venom is 15 times stronger than that of a rattlesnake. For humans, a Black Widow’s bite can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms including nausea, muscle aches, and a paralysis of the diaphragm, making breathing painfully difficult. Most often, their bite only proves fatal for a minority of people, specifically small children, the elderly and infirm. They are also rarely aggressive unless they feel threatened. Most bites occur when people accidentally sit on them or put on their shoes without realizing there is a spider hiding inside. A Black Widow is much more interested in eating mosquitoes, grasshoppers, and caterpillars than people. They tend to be black or darkish brown with a colorful hour-glass shape on their abdomen.

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