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Spiders

 

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Are you scared of spiders? If so, don't feel too bad—lots of people are. There’s even a fancy name for this kind of fear: arachnophobia (uh-rak-nuh-FOE-bee-uh).

But what makes spiders so scary? Maybe it’s something about the way they look.

  • Let’s see now, people have two legs. Most pets have four. Spiders have twice that many—and eight eyes too. YIKES!
  • A spider can use its hairy legs to skitter across your path. Or it might dangle at you from above on a silk thread. EEEEK!
  • That's another thing about spiders—those sticky, icky cobwebs. UGH!
  • Spiders also are mostly creatures of the night. Plus, they have venomous bites. ARRGHH!

 

Wait! Do you REALLY need to be afraid of spiders? Here's the TRUTH about them:

  1. Spiders are pretty harmless creatures.
  2. Their cobwebs can’t hurt you, of course.
  3. And most spiders don't even have jaws strong enough to poke through human skin. Of the ones that do, only a very few have harmful venom. Tarantulas, for example, hardly ever bite. No one's ever died from a tarantula bite either.
  4. Spiders actually help people by keeping insects and other pesky creatures under control.
  5. Their venom could be helpful too.
  6. In some parts of the world, spiders are symbols of good luck and fortune.


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So if you can't love 'em, why not at least give 'em a break? 
 

 

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