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Weird Spider Myths
Cartoon by Owen Curtsinger showing mythical cactus exploding with baby tarantulas

Urban legend alleging that hatching tarantula eggs made a potted cactus plant explode, has no basis in fact or tarantula biology.


Tall tales alleging that "camel spiders" (which aren't spiders) have super-powers and do horrible things to men and camels are all phoney.


The well-known structure and behavior of solpugids (sometimes called "camel spiders") makes their alleged human-flesh consumption absurd.


"Daddy-longlegs" (meaningless term for any long-legged arthropod) do not have super-powerful venom, but no (or very weak) venom.


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