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"I honestly believe it is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so."
   - Josh Billings, 1818-1885 (in "Solemn Thoughts")
"Everything that 'everybody knows' about spiders...is wrong!"
   - Rod Crawford

Myths About "Dangerous" Spiders

Every one of the above statements is false!
Click each one to find out why.

 

Disclaimer: Information on this web site is not a substitute for professional medical advice, and should not be used to diagnose or treat a medical or health condition. You should consult a physician as to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or treatment. Genuine spider bites can sometimes require medical attention, but beyond that, several medical conditions commonly mistaken for spider bite can be even more serious. If you have what appears to be a serious spider bite, please contact your health care provider or local emergency services. If you have the actual spider that bit someone, always save it for identification by a professional arachnologist.
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Direct queries to Spider Myths author, Rod Crawford
This page last updated 1 September, 2010
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