Spiders in Colombia

Colombia is one of the most diverse nations on earth, and several creatures are well-known around the world for the incredible potency of their venom can be found there. Even if Colombia’s most dangerous and predatory animals prefer to live in the middle of the forest, far from people, it’s still important to take all precautions possible to stay clear of them because this country is an ideal breeding ground for animals of all kinds including spiders. Colombia’s borders are home to hundreds, if not thousands, of different kinds of spiders. Most spiders are not dangerous. In reality, most spiders are beneficial since they assist get rid of pesky and invasive insects such as mosquitoes and cockroaches, but you must also be wary as some spider species can be very lethal.

spiders in Colombia

Spiders in Colombia Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Colombia

Silver Garden Orbweaver (Argiope argentata)Banana spidersAdanson’s House Jumper (Hasarius adansoni)
Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata)Translucent Green Jumping SpidersSouthern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis)
Tropical Tent-web Spider (Cyrtophora citricola)Long-bodied Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides)Common House Spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum)

Biggest Spiders in Colombia

Golden Silk Spider (Trichonephila clavipes)Colombian Giant Tarantula or Colombian Giant Red-legged Tarantula (Megaphobema robustum)

Most Venomous Spiders

Cobweb Spiders/Tangle Web Spiders (Theridiidae)

Widow Spider Widow (Latrodectus) - Meet the Latrodectus spiders, often known as true widows! They're part of the cobweb spider family. By July 2017, there were 31 types of them, living everywhere except Antarctica.… Continue Reading >

False Black Widow Spider False Black Widow (Steatoda grossa) - The False Black Widow spider is part of the Steatoda genus and is frequently confused with the more dangerous Black Widow Spider. Known by various names, including 'cupboard spider' and 'brown house spider' in Australia, this species sometimes earns the label of a pest in certain areas.… Continue Reading >

Female Brown Widow Spider Brown Widow (Latrodectus geometricus) - The Brown Widow Spider is a cool spider that belongs to the cobweb spiders family. Some people know more about its cousin, the Black Widow, but the Brown Widow has its own interesting story.… Continue Reading >

  • South American Black Widow – Latrodectus curacaviensis

Less Venomous Spiders

Tarantulas – Theraphosidae

  • Colombian Giant Red-Legged Tarantula – Megaphobema robustum

Wandering Spiders

Nephila Clavipes Web Nephila Clavipes - The Golden-orb weaver family has a special member called Nephila Clavipes. This unique spider lives in both Northern and Southern America. Some people in the United States even call it the banana spider.… Continue Reading >

Jumping Spiders

Gray Wall Jumping Spider Gray Wall Jumping (Menemerus bivittatus) - Did you know there's a spider called the Gray wall jumper? It belongs to the Salticidae family and is found in warm tropical places in both the north and south.… Continue Reading >

  • Pantropical jumping spider – Plexippus paykulli

Cobweb Spiders/Tangle Web Spiders (Theridiidae)

Image of Red House Spider Red House (Nesticodes rufipes) - Have you ever spotted a red spider in your home? It might be the red house spider! They're often found chilling in cool spots or near doorframes.… Continue Reading >

Long Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae)

Leucauge Argyrobapta Mabel’s Orchard Orb Weaver Spider (Leucauge argyrobapta) - The Mabel’s Orchard Orb Weaver Spider is a kind of long-jawed orb weaver. Fun fact: Charles Darwin found this spider in Brazil in 1832. It's the first of its kind to be known among orb weavers.… Continue Reading >