25 Most Bizarre Spiders

Spiders by nature creep most people out. In fact, about 30% of Americans are afraid of spiders. It’s no wonder why. They’ve got multiple big eyes, many long legs, and scurry about in dark places. But those features don’t even begin to describe most spiders.

Many are just down-right bizarre. Evolution has had a large part to play in how these creatures have developed. To survive, they’ve created some unique and weird techniques, including camouflage and efficient hunting abilities. Curious to find out what is out there? Here are 25 Most Bizarre Spiders.

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Argyroneta Aquatica

Argyroneta_Aquatica_Weibchen2Source: https://www.nature.com/news/2011/110609/full/news.2011.357.html

This spider is very bizarre. It creates a web to form a water bubble and uses it as gills to breathe underwater. Using its newly built gills, it’ll hunt underwater. And, yes, it’ll kill tiny fish. Not even fish are safe from spiders.


Australian Funnel-Web Spider

funnel web spiderSource: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2017/02/worlds-deadliest-spider-the-sydney-funnel-web

This anti-social spider usually stays away from people, but people come in contact with them when the males come out during the mating season to find a female. Unfortunately, that could prove deadly. This spider has the capacity to kill a human in 15 minutes due to its venom.


Long Horned Orb Weaver

long horned orb weaverSource: https://www.wired.com/2013/07/weirdest-spiders-ever/

Of the many weird spiders out there, this one usually takes the cake. First, it looks nothing like a spider and second, it has incredibly longhorns. Because they look so frightening, it’s likely you’d soil yourself if you saw one in the flesh.


Assassin Spider

assassin spiderSource: https://www.wired.com/2014/12/absurd-creature-of-the-week-assassin-spider/

Most spiders are assassins in their own way, hiding and waiting patiently until the right moment. But the Assassin Spider truly earns its name. Uniquely, this spider hunts other spiders and is really good at it with huge jaws and venom that decimate its opponents. So, if you were a spider, this would be your worst nightmare.


Tree Stump Orb Weaver

tree stump orb weaverSource: https://www.wired.com/2013/07/weirdest-spiders-ever/

If you were in the woods, you might not even know this spider was watching your every move. Does that creep you out? Well, it should. Evolving over millions of years, this spider has gained the ability to look just like a tree, hence the name.

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