Why, Oh Why Did God Create Spiders?

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If your anything like me, the mere site of spider will send you into a state of horrified panic. Read about my experience with a Purple Amazon Birdeater and a list of the 10 most dangerous spiders...Chilling!

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Why, Oh Why Did God Create Spiders?

Spiders. Their everywhere. Under everything. Waiting to commit atrocities on your person. I, for one, am most certainly, without a doubt, Arachnophobic. And with 40,024 KNOWN species of spiders out there, it's no wonder! What makes them so horrifying? Why are 55% of women and 18% percent (but I believe that it is alot higher then that) of men afraid of spiders?

When I was in nursing school, my medical math teacher, Mr. Wahl, was talking about spiders for some reason. He said that in a persons lifetime, they will swallow at least 10 spiders in their sleep...and then he proceeded to continue with our lesson for the day. But I couldn't let it go..Spiders crawl into our mouths? While we sleep? I was not only

mortified, \"\"but chilled to the bone. It couldn't be true. No way. I raised my hand. "Mr. Wahl, are you saying that spiders actually crawl into our mouths at night?" I sounded a little desperate, I know..

"Yes", he answered, "As far as I know and have read". He continued on with the lesson..Again, I raised my hand, and again I asked a question about spiders.."So your saying," I persisted, "that spiders will actually go INTO our mouths as we sleep?" He nodded, annoyed at having his lesson interupted. But I couldn't let it go.."I don't believe you.", I said a little too desperately."I think I would KNOW if a spider went into my mouth. I would feel it and wake up and that has never happened." He saw then, that I was having a problem with this and, God bless him, he said "I was just kidding, calm down, spiders don't crawl into your mouth, it was a joke, a silly joke, now can I continue with the lesson?"

\"\"Although I knew he was just pacifying me, I breathed a sigh of relief. After all, I knew that I when I slept, my mouth was open. How could I ever sleep again? How can you sleep knowing that your open mouth was soon going to be a spider convention?

Years ago, a couple of friends of mine, Paula and Bill, had a very strange collection of pets. A 10 ft. Python, an albino Boa Constrictor, 2 very big Iguanas, and the largest spider I have ever seen in my entire life. They called it a Purple Amazon Bird Killer. My blood froze at the size of it, I broke out in a sweat. Then they added, that this spiders venom was so toxic, that one bit from it could make you lose whatever part of you it bit...I was confused..why in the world would you have a creature like this in your home with small children? What if it escaped? Then they proceeded to show me just how aggressive this spider really was. They open the tanks lid (much to my horror), and put in a long stick. This monster, this SPIDER, reared up on its four back legs, and went into a fighting stance. Fangs came out, legs ready to grab on and attack the stick. I ran out of room, out of their house, and needless to say lost two good friends that day...

\"\"So why ARE we so afraid of these eight-legged monstrosities? Is it an inherited trait? Something we're born with? I didn't become arachnophobic until I was in my 20's. As a child, I was never frightened of them. I cannot recall the transition from actually playing with them to being mortally frightened of them like I am now..Here are some photo's of some of the worlds deadliest spiders:

\"Brown_recluse\"the Brown Recluse- Native to the United States- Likes dark places...

\"black-widow-spider\"The Black Widow-Likes warmer regions and thrives in the deserts of the United States..

\"wandering_spider\"The Brazillian Wandering Spider-Found in places like Costa Rica, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuala, Peru, and it's venom is extremely toxic and it's a super aggresive spider..

\"funnel_web_spider\"Funnel Web Spider- found in Australia. Bites from these spiders are very dangerous and if bitten, seek antivenom immediately.

\"funnelweb1\"The Mouse Spider- Found in almost every country and every environment, don't let the name fool you..This spider is very aggressive and will attack if it feel threatened..OMG it's ugly...AND it VENOMOUS!!!

\"IMG\""The Red Back spider likes urban and rural area's, and is mostly found outdoors. It's bite can be deadly, especially to the very young and the very old .

\"P6104715_wolf_spider_unscaled_sm\"The Wolf Spider. There around 125 different types of Wolf Spiders found in the USA and another 50 in Europe. Though it's bite is not venomous, as with every spider bite, treat for possible infection.

 



\"\"And HERE is the spider my friend had. Believe or not. One of the largest spiders around, just the site of this monster is enough to strike fear in the heart of any arachnophobe. Even though this giant is the size of a dinner plate, and does carry venom, it is far from deadly. Most of the time, some minor pain and swelling will occur at the site of the bite. The Goliath Birdeater can even devour a full grown mouse or small birds, thus the name. A nightmare on eight legs...

 

 

 

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Even though Brown Recluse spiders are often blamed for spider bites, scientists suspect that many bites come from these Sac spiders. Sac spiders carry a venom that has cytotoxin and actually kills cells. Even though the bite can leave a nasty mark and irritation in the area, or the person might feel a bit ill, these bites are not deadly. These spiders are also known as ghost spiders.

\"hobo-spider\"These spiders look similar to a brown recluse, but have hairier legs. Although the spider's bite is not deadly, the venom can actually cause tissue to die at and around the bite site. The bites can take months to heal and leave permanent scars. One of the easiest to recognize symptoms of this spider's bite is a severe and persistent headache that will not go away with medication.

So there you have it. 10 nightmares. The worst part for me is that I enjoy gardening. In my garden are TONS of spiders. How do I deal with my fear? I just pretend they don't exist in my colorful paradise. If I happen to see one, I go to a different part of the garden and hope and pray it didn't follow me.....


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Submitted: July 05, 2012

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jmurch

I wanted to say I have a poem about a spider called Spider, Spider. Come check it out if you can. The poem has certainly outlived the spider. With this being said, I am a serious arachnophobic. I have had this issue since I was very little. I was horrifically drawn to the photos above. For me, this is when my brain obsessively looks at the cause of my greatest fear. When I was in the Marine Corps, I had my OIC put my desk next to a hole in the wall in which recluses routinely came to visit things like my pen drawer and my coffee cup. I originally came to visit your writing because you are one of the featured five on the Booksie home page. Did you notice which piece I went for. This is horror for me. Yet, here I am. Lol! I have a question. Are mouse spiders or any other poisonous spiders found in...say...upstate NY? This was an awesome educational piece. Thank you!

Sun, July 22nd, 2012 4:00pm

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Yes, they are, unfortunately. I, too, suffer from sever arachnophobia and it is why I wrote this piece. (call it morbid curiosity?) What prompted me to write it, is because I was in my garden, gardening, (lol), and out of the corner of my eye I saw movement on my bare shoulder. Yep, you guessed it, a big ole wolf spider. Instantly I shrieked, brushed it off furiously, then ran inside and had a good old fashioned cry born of fear in my bedroom, shuddering at the thought of one of these monsters ON me. Here's a link I found that you may find useful. I live in upstate nY as well..http://www.backyardnature.net/spiders.htm.

Sun, July 22nd, 2012 12:56pm

Asfi

Ok the pics really scared me :/ but if I ever see a spider web or spider in my plants then I just spray insect killer on the spider and wash away the web. I know it's mean....but I hate spiders!

Mon, July 23rd, 2012 6:32am

Asfi

As for the question "Why, Oh Why Did God Create Spiders?", spiders hold an importance an importance in Islam. I dunno about other religions but in Islam, the spider is considered a hero. It saved the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) when some people were trying to kill him.

Mon, July 23rd, 2012 6:36am

Stormbird Throneshaker

Makes you want to rush out and buy Charlottes Web doesn't it? Not really!

Thu, July 26th, 2012 1:55am

Julie March

Ugh! I thought to myself, "I'm pretty tough; surely I can handle a couple pictures of spiders." Well, ten pictures and as many violent shudders later, I am again reminded of my own human weakness. And I've been asking myself that same question for years.

Wed, September 5th, 2012 5:00am

LE. Berry

Though I don't do 'god' I do believe that one of the reasons spiders were created was to teach caution among human beings. Being cautious of what is dangerous is a good thing; though they appear with eight legs they are not always deadly to people...

Wed, November 28th, 2018 2:12am

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