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Photo: Jen Wolf (Shutterstock) To read the headlines from the last few days, you would think the entire eastern seaboard is about to become the setting of a horror movie. “Giant” spiders “the size of a child’s hand” or “the size of an adult’s palm” are “expected to colonize the entire East Coast.” They’ll use “tiny, terrifying parachutes” to “drop from the sky.” Oh, and they’re venomous. Go ahead, scream. Vow to never go outside again. Come back when you’re ready, and we’ll talk about what these spiders—they’re called joro spiders, by the way—are actually like. Are joro spiders venomous? Yes, but not so venomous that they will hurt you. Here’s the thing: All spiders are venomous. What we call venom is their way of digesting food. Remember, spiders eat bugs and creatures smaller than themselves, and the venom is what they use liquify and gulp down their prey’s insides. That’s pretty metal, but on a small scale. If you are larger than a housefly, you don’t have much to worry about. Some spiders do produce enough venom to cause their bites to be painful (or, in rare cases, deadly) to humans. But the joro is not one of them. Its fangs aren’t usually even big enough to get through human skin. You’ll be fine. Are joro spiders actually as big as your hand? No. Some of those recent reports have gotten a bit carried away. Joro spiders are all legs, and if you include outstretched legs in your […]