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Black Widow Spider:
Black widow spiders are arachnids that are known for the females’ unique appearance and tendency to eat their mates. They are considered the most venomous spiders. Male and female black widows look different. The females are the most distinctive, with shiny black bodies and a red hourglass-shaped marking on the underside of their round abdomen. Female black widows can penetrate vertebrate skin more effectively than males and inject more venom when they bite. Female black widows are about 1.5 inches long. The males are about half the size of females. Males are lighter in color, with red or pink spots on their backs. Black widows are found in temperate regions throughout the world. They may be found in dark, dry shelters such as “barns, garages, basements, outdoor toilets, hollow stumps, rodent holes, trash, brush and dense vegetation. The black widow spider eats other arachnids and insects that get caught in their webs. The effects of a bite by a member of this genus depend on the species, but effects can include nausea, profuse sweating, and severe pain in abdomen and back, muscle aches, hypertension and paralysis of the diaphragm, which can cause difficulty in breathing.