Some scary spiders you can find in the UK

Spiders have actually always fascinated me since I was quite young. Spiders cause fear in many individuals because of their reputation mostly and also because they can move so swiftly for their proportions. Spiders by and large are completely benign to humans, though in some areas of the world, there are some very deadly types. What many people might not be aware of is that while we don’t truly have a lethal species here in the UK, we do have some that can give an unpleasant bite. If you have trouble with spiders in your house, this is quite a good article on how to get rid of them –

In the UK you can find a few types of spider that can bite. Here are a few of them to watch out for.

The False Widow Spider

With the likeness in name and form to the Black Widow spider, this type has a somewhat fearful reputation, which is not entirely misguided. It has a big bulbous abdomen with a red or orange tone body with dark stripes on its limbs. With it’s distinctive features it should be quite simple to identify. They are not bold spiders but if bitten you may seem not well and have chest aches. Bites are not fatal, but the best guidance if you have been bitten by one of these, is to go right away to a physician or accident emergency unit at you nearby hospital to get checked out.

By Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE (False Widow Spider (Steatoda paykulliana)) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

The Daddy Long Legs Spider

Sometimes confused with a daddy long legs, due to its very long thin legs and small body, this spider is inclined not to be that aggressive. However it does have relatively powerful venom, while may be felt as nothing more than a rash or hot sensation on the skin.

The Tube Spider

This type (Segestria florentina) is black and hairy in appearance and a tad terrifying looking, although quite tiny in overall size. Sometimes they can have an intense green colour on their fangs. They get their name from the tube shaped web they spin, often in spaces or crevice between walls and homes. They can bite which may be quite uncomfortable, which can seem like a shot, but is not known for triggering any lasting harm.

The Zebra Jumping Spider

This spider seems scary as a result of it’s ability to leap, but it’s not truly that harmful to people though it can bite if it feels threatened. It’s name arises from the black stripes on its body and in some ways looks like a wasp or bee in it’s color. They also have remarkably big eyes at the front end which are put to use for hunting food. Similar to a lot of jumping spiders, this species doesn’t make a web, but seeks its victim and after that utilizes its leaping skill to go in for the kill.


By Harald Hoyer from Schwerin, Germany [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Some scary spiders you can find in the UK