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spider think its a golden silk but not sure
January 7, 2010
hi i was out in the gambia in october 09 and these spiders were everywhere just wanted to know what they are and if there dangerous or not as i do go out to the gambia alot now.
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the gambia

Golden Silk Spider from Gambia

Golden Silk Spider from Gambia

Dear ?,
You are correct.  This is a Golden Silk Spider in the genus Nephila.  All spiders have venom, but only a few species are dangerous to humans, and the Golden Silk Spiders are not considered dangerous.  It is possible that they might bite, though reports are very rare.  Reactions to the bite will vary with the individual, but again, the bite of the Golden Silk Spider is not considered dangerous.

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