UK’s Most Venomous Spider!!

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'The False Widow'

‘The false widow’ is said to be very rare.

Britain’s most venomous spider, called ‘the false widow’ is thought to be gradually spreading across the UK.

Environmental experts think that the dramatic climate change in the UK is encouraging these venomous spiders to adapt to live in new areas. ‘The false widow’ scientifically known as Steatoda nobilis was also responsible for a builder to nearly have his leg amputated.

Ricki Whitmore, aged 39 was trying to get rid of the creepy crawlies in a school when the false widow sunk its fangs and released toxic venom in his left leg. Ricki visited a walk-in centre where he was prescribed a dose of antibiotics for the bite, but was rushed to hospital in agony with a fever the next morning. After having his leg scraped and washed nine times, Ricki is now recovering at his brother’s home, where he chose to live to avoid distressing his children.

‘The false widow’ is a dark coloured spider with a shiny body and has pale markings on their abdomens. They are mainly found outdoors under old, murky places.

The bite of this spider can cause severe pain and swelling and sometimes people suffer allergic reactions. Female ‘false widow’ spider varies in size from 9.5 mm to 14mm whereas the male spiders vary from 7mm to 11mm.

Greg Hitchcock, a spider expert told the Huffington post “The risk of being bitten is very, very small. The reaction has been a bit hysterical. False widows keep to themselves. They only bite to defend themselves… They’re no more prolific than any other spider.”

If you encounter this poisonous spider the best advice given is to trap it in a jar and inform the local police or vets about it. But don’t worry because the False Widow is very rare around the UK and there are very few chances that you might encounter one.


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17 Responses to UK’s Most Venomous Spider!!

  1. Frances October 13, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Great article – horrible thought that there are venomous spider in this country – eurgh!!! 🙂

  2. Jake BT October 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Ewwwww looks disgusting the photo made me cringe!! Great article!

  3. Archie October 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    That is amazing horrible but amazing!

  4. Katie October 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I cannot believe it! I agree with all the comments. Is False Widow similar to Black Widow?

  5. Hannah October 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I absoutly hate spiders now this has just creeped me out!! I never knew a mini spider can be so deadly!!

  6. Megan October 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Freaky I hate spiders there really creepy and now there is a poisonous one!!! Noooooooooooooooo

  7. Freya October 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Horrible lets hope I never come across one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (Great article!!!!)

  8. Katie October 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Looks horrid would never like that on my body . !!!

    • Zakia October 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      no don’t worry! 😛 it’s not the same as the false widow 🙂

      thanks for the comments

  9. Joanna October 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    This is a great article. You have given a lot of info.

    Well done


    • Zakia October 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      thank u 🙂

  10. Lydia October 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

    that’s really creepy! i hope its very rare!
    i really liked your article by the way – very sophisticated!!!! x 🙂

  11. Patrick,Young Journalist,Horncastle October 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Ouch that must hurt badly!!!!

  12. George October 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Amazing article! freaky spider !




  13. Freya November 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm


    • Zakia December 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      oh haha 😮

  14. Jo May 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    This is a Great article. You have given some really helpful advice and you have given us the information that we need.

    Thank you and well done