Black Widow Spiders
  Spider Information  

Adult female black widow spiders are about 1/2-inch, long not including the legs. Their jet black with red hourglass marking underneath their circular abdomen. The adult males are around half the female's size with red dots and white lines along the abdomen. The male black widow spider is harmless. In spring or summer the black widow start to mate.

A black widow spider bite can go unnoticed. The intensity of the pain depends on amount of venom injected and the area of the bite. The bloodstream carries the venom around the body and it acts on the nervous, causing different levels of pain. There may be slight local swelling and two red puncture points from the fangs. Pain usually starts from the bite site and works it way to the abdomen and back causing severe cramping in the abdominal muscles in some cases. Less than 5 percent of black widow spider bites results in death.


Black Widow Spider Bites and Symptoms

  • Painful in abdominal muscles
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Leg cramps
  • Tightness of chest
  • Rise of blood pressure
  • Breathing difficulty (Uncommon)
  • Unconsciousness (Uncommon)

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