South Africa has a rich fauna of spiders with about 3000 known species from 67 families. Spiders are widely feared and much maligned, but they play a very important role in nature and their importance cannot be overstated. They comprise one of the largest groups of land animals. They are common and abundant in every garden and on every farm and important predators in all terrestrial ecosystems. Spiders are also excellent subjects for teaching the young to appreciate nature.
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There are more than 34,000 different species of spiders worldwide. However, there are only a few dozen spiders that cause fairly pronounced envenomations in human beings. All spiders are poisonous. (I’m not sure about this?) However, all cannot pierce the skin, and all do not have significant amounts of venom that cause skin lesions or systemic illness in humans. Spiders have long been a major cause of fears and phobias. The media has not done the spider population any favors, and have always portrayed them as evil creatures, dating back to the early days of film. It is somewhat surprising that something so small can cause such great fear. However, when one looks at an arthropod with eight eyes and eight legs that can also run very fast, one can easily understand how fears and phobias can develop. (Info: Survive outdoors)
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