Spi­ders

Spi­ders are as fas­ci­nat­ing as they are in­te­gral to the nat­u­ral ecosys­tems of Africa as they play an in­valu­able role in con­trol­ling pests. Un­for­tu­nately for arachno­phobes, many species can be found in­doors. But fear not – of all the spi­ders found in Africa

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Jump­ing Spi­ders

Jump­ing Spi­ders stalk their prey rather than spin webs. One species ( Evar­cha culi­civora), found in Uganda and Kenya, de­lib­er­ately hunt fe­male mos­qui­toes which have fed on hu­man blood. Sci­en­tific tests show that Eva prefers blood­filled lady mos­qui­toes (male mos­qui­toes do not suck the blood of an­i­mals) over all other in­sects.

Rain Spi­ders

The Com­mon rain spi­der ( Pa­lystes su­per­cil­io­sus) is a species of hunts­man spi­der na­tive to south­ern Africa. Some species have a to­tal leg span of up to 11 cm (4.3”). Al­though the rain spi­der’s fangs look fear­some, its venom is weak. Symp­toms re­sem­ble those of a com­mon bee sting and bites usu­ally heal by them­selves in a mat­ter of days. Rain spi­ders are named for their habit of seek­ing refuge in hu­man homes just be­fore the start of sum­mer rains.

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