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The Deadliest Spiders Quiz
by Staff
They have eight legs, hair, fangs and the ability to scare the bejesus out of a lot of people. Most spiders get a bad rap, but some can cause some serious damage if they decide you scare the bejesus out of them.

Which is considered the most venomous spider in North America?

  • black widow spiders
  • redback spiders
  • St. Andrew's Cross spiders

Are tarantula bites dangerous to humans?

  • yes
  • no

Female spiders of which species typically consume or kill their mating partners?

  • desert spiders
  • black widow spiders
  • dark fishing spiders

True or false: "Daddy longlegs" spiders are predatory and venomous.

  • true
  • false
  • depends on what you mean by "daddy longlegs"

Do wolf spiders live in burrows or spin webs?

  • live in burrows
  • spin webs
  • neither

Females of which type of spider protect their young by carrying their unborn in a silk sac, then carrying newborn spiderlings for a few weeks after they hatch?

  • orb-weaving spiders
  • trap-door spiders
  • wolf spiders

Which poisonous spider caused Mazda to recall thousands of Mazda 6s twice?

  • Chinese bird spiders
  • Gooty sapphire ornamental tree spiders
  • yellow sac spiders

What are the bites of yellow sac spiders often mistaken as?

  • bites from brown recluse spiders
  • bites from six-eyed sand spiders
  • bites from red-legged widow spiders

Which type of tarantula is known as "the edible spider"?

  • Rio Grande gold tarantula
  • zebra tarantula
  • Haitian brown tarantula

Which spider is also known as a "fiddler"?

  • the Mediterranean recluse spider
  • the Chilean recluse spider
  • the brown recluse spider

Considered to be one of the deadliest of all the spiders in the world, which spider hitched a ride on a banana bunch and caused an infestation in a London home in 2013?

  • Brazilian wandering spiders
  • Goliath bird-eating tarantulas
  • red widow spiders

True or false: Brown recluse spiders have six, not eight, equal-sized eyes in pairs.

  • true
  • false

If you're bitten by a spider, it's important to do what?

  • attempt to remove venom from the wound
  • don't attempt to remove venom from the wound
  • find the spider that bit you

Which large and shiny black spider is the mouse spider often mistaken for?

  • the fringed ornamental tarantula
  • the funnel-web spider
  • the katipo spider

Where in your home might you find black widow spiders?

  • in dark, sheltered locations, both indoors and outdoors
  • in burrows in the yard
  • in trees

What spider is 64 feet 8 inches (20 meters) tall, 72 feet 10 inches wide, and 49 feet 3 inches long, with fangs each about 12 feet long?

  • a male Colombian giant black tarantula
  • a female black-and-white <i>Cerbalus aravensis</i> spider
  • a female Sydney funnel-web spider

Which spider, a native of the sand dunes along New Zealand's coasts, is endangered?

  • katipo spiders
  • Nelson cave spiders
  • vagrant spiders

True or false: The most common cause of a spider biting a human is surprise.

  • true
  • false

Before the development of antivenin, efforts to treat poisonous black widow spider bites did NOT include this treatment.

  • cocaine
  • insulin-coma therapy
  • nitroglycerin
  • whiskey

Of the 40,000-plus species of spiders identified worldwide, about how many species are able to seriously harm a healthy adult human with a venomous bite?

  • more than 100
  • fewer than 20 species
  • fewer than 5 species

Nearly 30 percent of people who thought they had a spider bite actually had what?

  • a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infection
  • hives
  • actinic keratosis

Quick moving and big enough to make an arachnophobe nervous, which dangerous spider is known to chase down its prey?

  • false widow spider
  • brown widow spider
  • wolf spider

How many people died from Sydney funnel-web spider bites in the 54 years between 1927 and 1981?

  • one
  • five
  • 15

Are the funnel weaver spiders found in the United States the same as the Sydney funnel-web spiders found in Australia?

  • yes
  • no

What are three syndromes caused by spider bites?

  • funnel-web spider syndrome, latrodectism and loxoscelism
  • funnel-web spider syndrome, delusional parasitosis and loxoscelism
  • funnel-web spider syndrome, latrodectism and Wells syndrome

Which is the only spider known to attack humans without provocation?

  • yellow sac spider
  • fringed ornamental tarantula
  • Sydney funnel-web spider

The venom from which spider may have therapeutic potential to treat erectile dysfunction?

  • Brazilian wandering spider
  • Australian white-tailed spider
  • Sydney funnel-web spider

What modern household convenience helped reduce the number of spider bites in the U.S.?

  • running water
  • indoor plumbing
  • electricity

Without prompt medical treatment, a bite from one of Australia's funnel-web spiders could kill you in how many hours?

  • six hours
  • 12 hours
  • 24 hours

What is the considered the world's most venomous spider (to humans, that is)?

  • the Sydney funnel-web spider
  • the yellow sac spider
  • the false widow spider