Spiders by nature creep most people out. In fact, about 30% of Americans are afraid of spiders. It’s no wonder why. They’ve got multiple big eyes, many long legs, and scurry about in dark places. But those features don’t even begin to describe most spiders.
Many are just down-right bizarre. Evolution has had a large part to play in how these creatures have developed. To survive, they’ve created some unique and weird techniques, including camouflage and efficient hunting abilities. Curious to find out what is out there? Here are 25 Most Bizarre Spiders.
Spiny Orb Weaver
Australian Funnel-Web Spider
Long Horned Orb Weaver
Most spiders are assassins in their own way, hiding and waiting patiently until the right moment. But the Assassin Spider truly earns its name. Uniquely, this spider hunts other spiders and is really good at it with huge jaws and venom that decimate its opponents. So, if you were a spider, this would be your worst nightmare.
Tree Stump Orb Weaver
Heavy Jumping Spider
Black Armored Trapdoor Spider
If it comes from Australia, it’s likely bizarre. That rule of thumb goes double for the Wrap-Around Spider. To camouflage itself from the prey, it’ll literally wrap around a twig and hide, looking incredibly flat. Fortunately, it’s not really dangerous to humans, but it’ll probably give you the creeps thinking about it.
Happy Face Spider
Bird Dung Crab Spider
Eight-Spotted Crab Spider
Bat Eating Spiders
Most spiders like to eat insects except, of course, for those bat-eating spiders we just talked about. But now scientists have discovered a new form of spider that’s vegetarian called the Bagheera Kiplingi. They specifically eat acacia shrubs and must avoid the ants around it at all costs. (It’s pretty good at it, too!) Want to learn about other types of spiders? Check out 25 Most Venomous Spiders That Actually Exist.