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The venom of most Spiders in Namibia are 

 Namibia is home to quite a few species of spiders.

Though feared by many, they are an integral part of natural ecosystems and play an invaluable role in controlling pests. Unfortunately many species can be found indoors, as some areas around the home make ideal habitats. But try not to worry,  of all the spiders commonly found in Namibia only a few are harmful to humans. Follow the link below to see which spiders are medically significant.

harmless to humans.

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The spiders body segments are fused into two tagmata (joined body parts), the cephalothorax (fused head & thorax) and the abdomen. These are joined by a small cylindrical pedicel.

Spiders do not have muscles. They use a fluid movement / hydraulics to move their legs.

Spiders have eight legs and a pair of chelicerae. Chelicerae are the mouthparts, or fangs, that are used to hold and crush prey, or to inject venom. They do not have antennae like insects do.

Spiders have millions of fine hairs on their body called trichobothria. These are critical to the survival of the spider, as spiders do not have ears. The hair is very sensitive and can sense vibrations and movement down to one ten billionth of a meter. Human speech can be detected from several meters away. 

Spiders do not have a ¨brain¨ in the way that humans define a brain in the study of anatomy. They do however have a concentration of neural cells that fill up most of the space in the cepholathorax. Some active hunter spiders show signs of intelligence in their choice of tactics and ability to develop new tactics when hunting. ​​​​​​​



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UNDERSTANDING  SPIDERS 

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The front half of a spider's body which is the combined head and thorax.

Cephalothorax

The pair of moveable appendages in front of the mouth of spiders which include the fangs.

Chelicerae

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Spiders have a pair of pedipalps which perform sensory roles, can manipulate their food and are used by the males in mating

Pedipalps

Spiders have eight walking legs, each leg has seven jointed segments. Spiders with long pedipalps (such as tarantulas) sometimes appear as though they have ten legs, however this is not the case.

Legs

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The hind body part, containing the internal organs and has the ability to expand and contract in accordance with the condition of the spider.

Abdomen

The organs on the tip of a spider's abdomen that manipulate silk as it exits the silk glands to enable the spider to use it in various ways.

Spinnerets

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ANATOMY

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SPIDERS  OF  NAMIBIA

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IDENTIFYING  &  UNDERSTANDING  OUR  EIGHT  LEGGED FRIENDS

Calling all Experts, Novices and Arachnophobes. 

Spiders of Namibia is a page dedicated to educating the community.  Learning about spiders is a fascinating pursuit. You will in no time, come to see the beauty

and marvel of these great creatures and learn

about their  role in our lives.

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"Medically Significant" spiders are spiders 

Most people get bitten because they are cleaning an area that has not been cleaned for a long time and they disturb a spider's web or nest. Spiders are often blamed for many more bites than they actually commit. In general, most spider bites will not harm most people except for slight discomfort for a limited time after being bitten. A few individuals may be hypersensitive to the bites of a particular species, but this allergic reaction won't be known until after the person gets bitten.

with venom that can pose a serious or

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 life-threatening risk to humans

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Relocating spiders to a more appropriate place is a much wiser idea than killing them when they're in our way.

While most people would consider spiders to be unwelcome house guests, you don't have to kill them and can instead use a catch-and-release method to make your home spider-free. There are a few simple methods you can use to catch the spider and guide it outside. Even if you are afraid of spiders, you will be able to use these methods and have minimal contact with the spider. Before capturing the spider, you will want to make sure it's not venomous so that there is no risk of being bitten and needing to seek medical care.


RELOCATING


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