Over 45,000 species of spiders are found throughout the world. Some are poisonous, some build webs to catch prey, and nearly all are the object of common human phobias. Spiders symbolize patience due to their hunting technique of setting webs and waiting for prey.

Geographic Region

Spiders are found throughout the world, on every continent except Antarctica.

Natural Habitat

Spiders live in almost every habitat on earth, except for polar regions, oceans and high mountains.

Weather Conditions

Spiders can survive in harsh conditions, but extreme cold or rainy weather can cause some spiders to head indoors.


Spiders will only bite humans in self-defense, and most spider bites are less dangerous than a mosquito bite or yellowjacket sting. The bites of brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders are among the most dangerous, but those spiders would rather flee from humans and will bite only when trapped.

Unique Characteristics

Spiders are able to blend into their natural surroundings.

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