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:
- Spiders are pretty harmless creatures.
- Their cobwebs can’t hurt you, of course.
- 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.
- Spiders actually help people by keeping insects and other pesky creatures under control.
- Their venom could be helpful too.
- In some parts of the world, spiders are symbols of good luck and fortune.
So if you can't love 'em, why not at least give 'em a break?