Black Widow Spiders

Black Widow Spiders
Latin Name:Latrodectus
Color:Females are black with a red hourglass on the bottom of the spider's abdomen.
HabitatBlack widow spiders prefer dark, damp places outside in the undergrowth or forest. They also live in closets, basements, crawl spaces, sheds, and garages.
Life Cycle They mate from springtime to the end of summer. Sometimes after mating the black widow female will consume the male. The female lays four to nine egg sacs each breeding season.
Type of Damage The venom from black widow bites can cause cramps, vomiting and rapid heart beats. Symptoms can last from one week to several weeks.
Description Black widow spiders are found in North America, Africa, and Australia. They can grow up to 0.511 in.