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Is the western spotted orb-weaver spider dangerous to humans?

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The western spotted orb-weaver spider is not dangerous to humans. Although the spider is venomous, the venom is so mild that it is considered to be non-toxic for humans. They are also characteristically a non-aggressive species of spider and do not bite unless they feel threatened.

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This species of spider derives its name from the shape of its web. All orb spiders build the same style of web. However, the western spotted orb-weaver is unique in that it does not include a stabilizing zigzag pattern in the center of its web. Each morning, the orb-weaver takes down its web, eats the strands in order to recycle the proteins, and then constructs a new web.

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