Are Banana Spiders Venomous? The Answer Might Surprise You

Why is everyone avoiding banana spiders and the banana trees they live in? Are banana spiders venomous? The answer is yes and no.

The term “banana spider” is not actually a scientific classification, but a nickname given to spiders that tend to be found in banana trees.

Out of these five types, there’s really only one that you should be deathly afraid of. These are the five types of spider commonly referred to as “banana spiders”.

Brazilian Wandering Spider

Extremely aggressive tendencies combined with venom that can be lethal to humans makes the Brazilian wandering spider the most dangerous spider on the planet.

Cupiennius are very scary looking. They can have a leg span of around 5 inches, they have brown hairy bodies with skinny legs, very quick, and they also hunt at night.


Golden silk orb weavers are pretty much harmless to humans. Their venom will probably just result in slight redness of the skin for humans.

Golden Silk Orb-Weaver

The Hawaiian garden spider can have a body length of up to 2.5 inches. They weave incredibly strong webs by creating a zig-zag design to catch even larger insects.

Hawaiian Garden Spider

These spiders don’t actually live in banana trees, but rather in leaf litter in high rainforests in China. They measure typically from 1 to 3 millimeters in size.

Goblin Spider

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