14 Most Strange Spiders In The World

14 Most Strange Spiders In The World


From spiders with unique hunting methods,
to ones that are just weird to look at. Join me as we explore some of the strangest
spiders in the world today. 14. The Disco Spider
No, this is not a spider that listens to disco or plays disco, or even glows like a disco
ball (the cool modern ones I mean). Rather, the Disco Spider has a unique function
that does emulate the pulsating style of a disco ball. Mainly, The orb-weaver’s abdomen exhibits
a pulsating movement that appear to show its internal organs working under a translucent
membrane. This gives this unique spider a really weird
function that is thought to either attract mates, or scare off predators. But it’s so bizarre that most scientists don’t
truly know why it has that, or why it evolved to be that way. 13. The Flic-Flac Spider
Based on the name of this creature, you might not know exactly what it can do. Which might be the point, because the Flic-Fac
Spider can do something that most animals can’t…it can do a cartwheel. No, really, it can. It’ll do this when threatened by predators. In fact, it’ll go so fast in its tumbling
motion that it can actually go twice the speed of a human walking at 6.6 feet per second. So impressive was this that the person who
found the spider actually made a robot to emulate its moves. 12. Trapdoor Spiders
When it comes to spiders, many use very basic means of capturing prey via luring them into
their webs. In fact, if I was to ask you how spiders hunt,
that’s how you would describe it, right? However, when it comes to the Trapdoor Spiders,
they get a bit more cunning in their approach. And it’s strange how detailed they get into
said approach. They’ll actually dig into the ground they’re
on, and then cover that hole with all the natural tools at their disposal to cover it
up and make it blend into the environment. The cover is so convincing that most animals,
and even people, don’t notice it because it’s a literal perfect camouflage. Which is impressive when you think about it. Outside of the trap door, the spiders do use
their silk, but they use it as tripwires to send a signal. If a prey hits it, the spider will open the
trapdoor, and then very quickly grab the prey and bring it down with them to eat. Now, obviously, there is a chance that the
spider grabs something it can’t eat. If that happens, it’ll release it back just
as quickly as it takes it. As you can see, this is a very advanced technique
of hunting prey, and you have to wonder where they got this idea from in the first place. Clearly it’s an evolutionary trait, but where
did it come from I wonder? 11. Brazilian Wandering Spider
This terrifying spider is known to have a very powerful and very active venom. Some even call this the most venomous spider
in the world (there are levels of this for the record), and they’re active hunters, which
means they get around a lot. Which is actually one of the stranger things
about them when you think about it. Because this particular spider likes to go
and do things at night. It’s not unnatural for spiders to be nocturnal
per se, but they do it in a very different way. They’ll actually openly go and hide themselves
in the daytime. Even going so far as to hide in logs or termite
mounds. Then when they’re in darkness, they’ll just
go and wander around on the ground of the area they’re in. That’s how they got their name by the way. These are also a breed of spiders that are
known to be rather aggressive and aren’t afraid to attack humans. It’s said that their venom could fell a human
if it was to get a good bite in. And because they usually would strike at night,
it wouldn’t be hard for them to sneak in and strike before a human would notice they were
there. 10. Cobalt blue tarantula
When you hear the name Cobalt blue tarantula, you’re likely one to picture a rather dangerous
spider that isn’t something you’d like in your home. But quite ironically, the Cobalt blue tarantula
is indeed a breed of spider that is sold as a pet. Quite frequently sold as a pet might I add. Oh, but it gets weirder, because your fears
about it being dangerous are completely well-founded. They honestly do have a venom in them, and
that venom is so strong that it can be used to cause all sorts of painful muscle cramps
as well as inflammation of various body parts. Not something you’d want to happen to you
I’m sure you’ll say. And yet, it’s a pet! But, credit to those who run the pet trade,
they’re careful and make sure that the tanks that hold these spiders are constructed well
and that the spiders can be fed without fear of getting too close to them. Also, in case the name didn’t give them away,
the Cobalt blue tarantula is a very odd shade of blue and gray mixed together. Ensuring that they stand out from other spiders
in the crowd so to speak. Likely a reason why they’re popular pets. Before we continue, be sure to subscribe to
the channel! That way you don’t miss our weekly videos! 9. Diving Bell Spider
I want you to picture a spider in its natural habitat. You picturing it? Now, where is it? Regardless of the forest-like or woods-like
habitat, I would bet you that you’re picturing the spider above ground. Meaning, it’s on land. But in the case of the Diving Bell Spider,
this is a species of arachnid that lives almost its whole life…underwater. No, for real. In fact, the Diving Bell Spider is the ONLY
spider known to do this. Keyword here is “known spider” as it’s possible
that there are more out there. But for now, the Diving Bell Spider is what
we got, and they truly do spend most of their lifetime underwater doing various activities
including resting, catching and eating prey, mating, egg laying, and overwintering. Now, despite it being an “underwater spider”,
it does breath air. It uses silk constructs to get air bubbles
and keep them near its head so that it can breathe. Hence the name “diving bell”, because in the
old days divers would use bell-like contraptions to keep air around them while they went underwater. The Diving Bell Spider has mostly been found
in parts of Europe and Asia. 8. Jotus remus
Ok, this one just reeks of being strange just because of a certain practice that it does. The Jotus remus is a version of the Australian
Jumping Spider and was found back in 2016. And almost immediately, scientists found out
that when it wants to find a mate, it does something we humans are very familiar with…it
plays peekaboo. No, I mean it. It does this via a paddle-like structure on
its body. ” In a bizarre ritual, an amorous male hides
on the underside of a leaf and thrusts the paddle high enough for a female on the other
side of the leaf to see it.” Think about it like this, how did this spider
know that doing such a thing would ensure a mate would come to them? How did they come up with such an elaborate
“game” that would lead to reproduction? These are the questions ladies and gentlemen
that keep many people up at night I assure you. But for now, all we can do is watch this and
go…”that’s weird”. 7. Ornamental Baboon Tarantula
Many spiders are known for their odd colorings and their sizes. In West Africa, a very rare and special kind
of spider exists in the form of the Ornamental Baboon Tarantula. They’re usually found in Togo or Ghana, and
when they’re fully grown, they can reach over 5 inches in length. These spiders are characterized by their chalky
white coloration with mottled black and brown markings. Notably, these tarantulas have very thick
rear legs, leading many to believe that they are baboon spiders, when in fact they aren’t
related to them at all. Which makes it all the more weird that they
look so alike even though they’re not related. Their looks aside, the Ornamental Baboon Tarantula
are known to be quite threatening when provoked, even having a venom of their own that they
can use against foes. They’re also not opposed to digging underground
for cover in the early parts of their life. 6. Ladybird Mimic Spider
In nature, camouflage is a very effective way of staying alive as well as luring foes
into a false sense of security. For the Ladybird Mimic Spider, they go into
an interesting part of that caste of creatures. Because they not only have the body colors
of a ladybird beetle (aka ladybugs), they’ll also compress their bodies at times to ensure
that from above (via birds) that they know that it’s “ladybugs” that they are eyeing. Why would that be important though? Birds eat spiders at times, and so to defend
themselves they go and mimic something that they know birds won’t eat (ladybugs can be
poisonous to birds). It’s really clever, and it shows just how
smart animals can be when they’re allowed to evolve into their full potential. You’ll usually find these creatures in eastern
Asia, such as in China, Japan, and Taiwan. And they’re very effective at using their
body to both stay alive, and get food. 5. Flower Crab Spider
Continuing on with spiders that know how to blend in with their environments, I give you
the Flower Crab Spider. This is another very special species, because
these spiders (which are numerous in the world) will go and rest upon arrays of flowers, and
to make sure that no one spots them, they’ll actively change colors! Yeah, they will, they’re capable of changing
their colors on a dime should the situation be necessary. And when you’re hunting for food? It’s always necessary. There are over 40 different species of Flower
Crab Spiders in the world today, so when you go and observe that flower patch, especially
Goldenrods, be sure to be on the lookout for spiders so you’re not surprised when one creeps
up towards you. Wouldn’t want that, right? 4. Ogre-Faced Spiders
I probably shouldn’t have to describe this kind of spider to you all, but given that
you might get the wrong idea, it’s probably for the best. Ogre-Faced Spiders are one of the more odd
and unique spiders in the world today. They’re part of the “net-catching” spider
breed where they’ll actually make a net from their threads and silk, hold it in the air,
and then catch prey when they’re in range. A unique method of hunting compared to other
spiders. Furthermore, their appearance, including their
face, is very different from other spiders. At times, it looks like they have six legs
instead of eight. And their faces are said to look like an ogre,
due in part to their eyes. Which by the way can process more light than
owls and cats. At present, there are 51 species of Ogre-Faced
Spiders in the world today. 3. Wrap Around Spider
Want to see another example of a spider blending into nature in a weird way? Meet the Wrap Around Spider. This is a spider that uses its rather thick
body and will press it against a tree trunk or branch, which when mixed with its natural
brown coloring will ensure that it goes virtually undetected by foes as well as prey. Just as interesting though is that when nighttime
hits, the Wrap Around Spider will actually go and rest in nets that it wove itself. Not exactly what you would expect from a dedicated
spider like this huh”? 2. Bird Dropping Spider
In nature, sometimes the best creatures that are hunters are the ones that are best able
to blend in with their environment in such a way that no one would question what they
are, and aren’t. But for the entity known as the Bird Dropping
Spider…well…let’s just say that their approach is a bit…crappy. This species is actually a form of Crab Spider. But don’t get the name mixed up, they’re not
dropping birds with their strikes, they’re actually mimicking the look and movements
of actual bird droppings. Oh yes. Scottish Naturalist Henry Ogg Forbes was the
first to discover this…unique spider, so good that it can even fool humans! This spider literally goes to all extremes
to try and convince people and animals that it’s a bird dropping. It can even “drip” to make it seem like the
excrement is slipping off the leaf or stone or other place it’s on. AND, it can even emit an odor that reminds
you of bird droppings. This is a spider with dedication to its craft. 1. The “Albino” Spider
This particular creature is a bit deceptive in its naming. Mainly because despite being called the Albino
Spider, only one part of the spider is actually white. But that’s actually what makes it so weird. This specific trapdoor spider was found in
Australia back in the early 2010’s, and most people were shocked to see it because only
its flat head was white. The rest of its body was actually brown and
black. “I nearly fell over when I saw its white head,”
Mark Harvey, senior curator at the Western Australian Museum, said via email. Now, it’s not uncommon for certain “Albino”
creatures to exist, some of them are even very prominent in various parts of the world. And yet, when it’s them that’s Albino, their
entire bodies are white. Yet this one only has its head being white. That’s just plain weird. And because it’s so new, and was only found
somewhat recently, many people aren’t really sure where this spider came from, where it
all lives, and why it has that weird white head. Just goes to show that nature still has a
way of mystifying us. Thanks for watching everyone! What did you think of these unique spiders? Which one do you think was the most strange
of the set? Do you know of another spider that could easily
be on this list? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to subscribe, and I’ll see you next
time on the channel!

5 thoughts on “14 Most Strange Spiders In The World

  1. Ornamental baboon tarantula is also known as the obt or orange bitey thing because the often bite without hesitation and it really hurts! They are aggressive as hell!

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