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Scariest Spiders: List with Pictures

Scariest Spiders

Spiders are some of the most feared animals on the planet, narrowly beating out snakes. This may be due to their scuttling movement and their hairy legs. However, spiders rarely bite, and very few are dangerous. Though some are pretty deadly and best avoided if encountered.

Scariest Spiders

Common Spiders: Golden Silk Orb-weaver Spider, Zebra Spider 

Big Spiders: Goliath Birdeater Tarantula, Hispaniolan Giant Tarantula 

Deadly Spiders: Black Widow Spider, Sydney Funnel-web Spider 

Most Venomous

Wandering Spiders

  • Tarantula Wolf Spider (Lycosa tarantula)
  • Sierra Cacachilas Wandering Spider (Califorctenus Cacachilensis)

Mouse Spiders

  • Red-headed Mouse Spider (Missulena occitoria)


Funnel-web Spiders

  • Sydney Funnel-web Spider (Atrax robustus)

Comb-footed Spiders

Less Venomous


  • Goliath Birdeater Tarantula (Theraphosa blondi)
  • Hispaniolan Giant Tarantula (Phormictopus Cancerides)
  • Brazilian Salmon Pink Tarantula (Lasiodora Parahybana)

 Jumping Spiders

Huntsman Spiders

Wolf Spiders

  • Tarantula Wolf Spider (Lycosa tarantula)
  • KauaŹ»i Cave Wolf Spider (Adelocosa anops)

Orb-weaver Spiders

Crab Spiders

Fishing Spiders

Spitting Spiders

  • Chilean Tiger Spider (Scytodes globula)