Spiders are a major fear of people everywhere. Meridian Jumping Spiders are actually fairly cute, though! Here are some fun facts about this adorable little arachnid!
- There are 300 species of Jumping Spiders found between the United States and Canada, with more than 4,000 known species in the world!
- Jumping Spiders have often been mistaken for black widow spiders. They both have compact bodies and short legs. While some Jumping Spiders are black, they can also be brown, tan or gray in color with pale white, gray, yellow, red, blue or green markings. Jumping Spiders range in size from about 1/8 – 3/4 of an inch.
- During the day time, Jumping Spiders have the best vision of any spider species. However, they have very poor night vision. When they see a human coming, they tend to go the other way. Jumping Spiders prefer outside, but will come inside in search of food.
- They don’t normally bite, but will if provoked. Thankfully, their venom is not dangerous to humans. It might leave a painful bump for a few days, but will go away on its own.
- As the name suggests, Jumping Spiders do, in fact, jump. They can jump up to 50 times their own body length.
- Jumping Spiders don’t weave webs, but the do produce silk. They use their silk to mark retreats and to protect eggs. Silk may also be used to control their fall and trace their steps.
- Since they don’t weave webs, Meridian Jumping Spiders don’t catch their prey like most other spiders. They lie in wait and then use their jumping abilities and venom to get their food.
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