Are Wolf Spiders Poisonous?
Wolf Spiders biologically known as Lycosa Godeffroyi is the most common spider found easily in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from wolf because they catch the prey in the similar way (stalking and ambushing). They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground. The common characteristics of the wolf spider are that they are of about one to two inches of length. They are quite brisk and rush quickly on the ground. When it comes to the color of the wolf spider the males are found to be darker than females that have distinguished marks. The wolf spiders have eight legs; males have an extra pair near the mouth to hold sperm.
They have eight pairs of eyes; four pairs of small eyes to help them see in the night, two pairs of big eyes to look in front and two pairs of medium sized eyes placed on the top to see upwards. At the back of their eyes a disc is located that enables them to see at night. When it comes to hunting the wolf spiders either stalk their prey or attack them suddenly. They learn of their prey through their movement on the ground or the buzzing of their wings. They eat varieties of insects but are fond of crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and houseflies.
Now here is a very interesting fact about wolf spiders. When confronted by a predator, the wolf spider can drop off a leg of its own as a distraction. Then the wolf spider can make an escape or some type of move using the hacked off leg as a distraction.
Female Wolf Spiders
Female spider carries almost hundred of eggs in a sac and exposes them to sunlight. When the eggs hatch the spider lings catch a hair on the mother’s body and stay this way for a week and then disperse. The wolf spiders do not attack unless provoked. Their bites are not dangerous but at times it causes swellings, irritations, nausea and headache.
Wolf Spiders are found throughout the globe and can be found in both coastal and inland areas. They generally live in solitude and do not attack unless provoked repeatedly. You may want to avoid squishing the spider because of how many baby spiders could end up dispersing and making the situation worse. It’s best to simply avoid the spider and let it scoot away.
How Big Are Wolf Spiders?
They generally range in size from 0.25 inches to 1.5 inches and there are as many as 3,000 species on record across the globe.
Does A Wolf Spider Bite?
If you encounter a wolf spider in your home there is no need to panic. The type and amount of venom is not seriously harmful to humans. Children and elderly should be given more consideration. The venom has low neurotoxic action.
In general, wolf spiders do not want to bite or attack human beings. They typically will not bite a human unless seriously provoked. If threatened they may attack. Be careful about the urge to squish a wolf spider. That may cause the disbursement of hundreds of spiderlings as they run away from their mother.
Wolf Spider Facts For Kids
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