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Photo by Special to the Sentinel

What a face! The bold jumping spider’s large eyes provide keen vision. Its striking iridescent green fangs are likely for show. Photo by Opoterser, Wikimedia.

ALONG CAME A SPIDER…

Bold jumping spiders look spooky, but are harmless to humans

Most people don’t welcome spiders in their home, but once they get to know the bold jumping spider, they might change their minds.
Don’t grab the nearest shoe to smash it, don’t be put off by its looks. Despite having eight fuzzy legs and large iridescent green fangs, this spider is a helpful, tidy housemate.
Bold jumping spiders are pretty big, their bodies are about a quarter to a half-inch long. And though they may look fierce, they are harmless to humans. According to Penn State entomologists, your chances of being bitten by one are “slim to none.” The rare accounts of jumping spider bites suggest the bite causes a reaction similar to a mosquito bite.


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