Fun Page:

Everyone knows that the Brazilian Wandering Spider is one of the cutest and cuddliest spiders on earth; minus the fact that a small amount of their venom could kill a human. This page is dedicated to informing you on some of the more entertaining facts about P. fera and even includes a small quiz at the end of the page to test your knowledge:
Fun Facts:
-A bite from the Brazilian Wandering Spider has the potential to induce erections in male humans which are incredibly painful and typically last up to four or five hours. This is known as priapism.
-P. fera is also known as the banana spider because they like to find their way into crates shipping bananas to other places around the world. Leaving a pleasant surprise for the recipient of the crate.
-Peak reproduction times for this species are during the driest months of the year which is usually between the months of May-August.
-Guinness Book of World Records named the Brazilian Wandering Spider the deadliest spider in the world.
-P. fera is known to have a very distinct defensive position in which they lift their two front walking legs straight up in the air to warn their attacker that they mean business.
-Of all Phoneutria, P. fera and P. nigriventer are considered to be the most dangerous because they are usually the most aggressive and the largest.

Some videos of P. fera in action:
Brazilian Wandering Spider attacks a shoe
Short descriptive video of P. fera

1) To which class does P. fera belong to?
    a) Insecta
    b) Arachnida
    c) Araneae
    d) Arthropoda
2) What is the main predator of P. fera?
    a) humans
    b) large rodents
    c) Tarantula Hawks
    d) other spiders
3) What is the process that the Brazilian Wandering Spider goes through that allows it to grow?
    a) metamorphosis
    b) priapism
    c) magic
    d) molting
4) How does P. fera let you know it is about attack?
    a) raising its front two legs
    b) making a hissing noise
    c) vibrating its pedipalps
    d) raising their abdomen up in the air and spreading their legs
5) What forest is P. fera generally found in?
    a) Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
    b) Hixon Forest, La Crosse, Wisconsin
    c) Congo Rainforest, Africa
    d) Temperate Rainforests of Northwestern America

Key: b,c,d,a,a
1-2 correct: spider novice
3-4 correct: spider handler
5 correct: spider whisperer

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