The world’s deadliest spiders mightn’t have
troubled your conscience much…at least not until now. The Brazilian Wandering Spider
straying a little further than South America, so now it’s time to sit up and take notice.
Recently forcing a family out of their London home after turning up in a bunch of bananas.
So what do you need to know about these toxic arachnids? Well firstly, they’re foreign,
found in tropical South America and Central America, so not just Brazil. And yes they
really do wander, across the jungle floor at night while other spiders are tucked up
at home in their web or suitable lair. But are they really deadly? Well Guinness World
Records certainly think so. Rubber stamping it as the world’s most venomous spider. Its
venom 30 times more deadly than that of the rather more well known rattlesnake. Death
can reportedly happen within two hours, depending on who you believe. One thing is clear, you’d
rather not be bitten by one. Its scientific name Phoneutria is the Greek for murderess.
It’s also called the banana spider as it likes nothing better than hiding in the plants after
a hard night out wandering the jungle floor. Apparently there are actually few fatalities
due to an effective anti-venom, which is fine if you get bitten in the spider’s natural
habitat in South America. Not so great if you’ve popped into the supermarket for one
of your five a day in south London. Luckily they rarely make it to Britain.