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Wildlife of Panama

There are tons of different spiders species here, only very few are poisenous like some Tarantulas or the Black Widow, the female black widow has unusually large venom glands and her bite is particularly harmful to humans; however, Latrodectus bites rarely kill if proper medical treatment is provided.

Brazilian wandering spider - Phoneutria boliviensis found in Central, South America (officially reported in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia) The genus Phoneutria includes some of the relatively few species of spiders known to present a threat to humans. Danger to humans is not merely a question of toxicity, but requires the capacity to deliver the venom, a sufficient quantity of venom, a disposition that makes a bite likely and proximity to human habitation. The actual incidence of death or serious injury must also be considered. Spider mouthparts are adapted to envenom very small prey; they are not well-adapted to attacking large mammals such as humans.

Small miniature sized spider seen in the Soberania National Park.

Orb-weaver-spider - their webs can be seen often along the hike ways.

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