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Why are spiders dangerous?
Question Date: 2011-06-30
Answer 1:

Not all spiders are dangerous to humans. The spider usually injects its prey with venom kill the spider's prey, but because humans are a lot bigger than the prey that these spiders like to hunt, most spider venom usually doesn't kill (or even leave a noticeable mark) on a human unless the venom is especially strong. There are actually only a few spider species in the United States that would really hurt a person -- Here's a great visual list of common poisonous spiders:

spider-identification

Spider poisons usually have proteins that destroy cells through different mechanisms. Often times these poisons target specific functions or areas in the body, such as the nervous system.

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