Do Spiders Have Fangs?


Yes, most of the spiders out there possess fangs, these are what they use while fighting and injecting into their opponents. 90% of spiders out there inject venom and all of them do it through their fangs. Whilst the prey/oponent is grapled with the help of its legs, the fangs get ready and embed themselves when they get the opportunity

The fangs of spiders also knowna s chelicerae consist of a base segment which is also known as the paturon. The paturon is connected with the cephalotohax. Spiders inject venom through the openings near the tips of their fangs whilst biting their prey. Glands in spiders that actually produce the venom are located in two segments of the spiders’ fangs and sometimes even extend from to the cephalothorax.

The fangs penetrate into the skin/fur of the target. The part that is inserted includes the tip which is already lacing with venom. Spiders can also choose whether they want their bite to be venomous/ how much venomous they want their bite to be/ and whether their bite is to contain any venom at all. Some spiders also have the ability of spitting their venom to the prey which is a bit far away, just like spitting

Spiders are the most widely inhabited anthropods which means that they are not in anyway insects. Yes, you heard that right spiders are not insects. So why are you reading this blogpost under the name “Insect101” because spiders are commonly perceived as insects and leaving behind our favorite and coolest crawling creeps would be such a loss!

Spider’ Fangs When A Spider Bites

Whilst a spider is biting its oponent, the two parts of the chilicerae form a kind of a folding knife, and when the spider is making the actual angle of the to bite the oponent it also opens and closes its fangs to show that it is ready to bite and inject venom into the oponent’s body. Moreover, some spider bites are so sharp that they can pierce the skeleton of their opponent. An example of a spider with a sharp fang bite is the Funnel-web spider which is reported to have so sharp fangs that they have penetrated toenails and even leather shoes before biting humans in their near proximity in Australia, where they are quite common, or at least more common than the rest of the world

Uses Of Spider Fangs

Spider fangs are not only used to insert poison into their oponent but they are also used to scar them whilst fighting and even cutting them into small eatable pieces for better digestion. Spiders do not ingest the whole of their prey in one go, or atleast not the bigger ones, they need to be shredded into smaller pieces and fangs help do that. Moreover, sometimes spiders have also been seen to use their fangs as their legs, mostly in case when they have lost a few legs. The spiders legs do regenerate, but this is not that fast a process and takes some time as the spider has to wait till molting. And till then the injured spiders can often use their fangs as legs for mobility as well

Do All Spiders Have Fangs?

Yes all of the spiders do possess fangs, but not all of them can produce venom like spiders from the Uloboridae family that possess some atypical fangs and cannot produce venom to inject into their opponent’s body

What Are Spider’ Fangs Called?

The name of the spiders’ fangs is Chelicerae. This is the official name of the mouthparts of the arthropod group that includes arachnids, horseshoe crabs, and sea spiders, so fangs of all of these creatures are referred to as Chelicerae. But the shape and length of Chelicerae can vary quite a bit even within the same anarchists

Do Spiders Use Their Fangs On Humans?

Yes, but only when threatened or provoked to do so. Spiders are very much not interested in biting humans intentionally as not only are we not their food, they also do not perceive us as a threat as long as we control ourselves from poking them. The best way to put it is that we are like “walking trees” or swaying trees” for spiders, which means they have no malice against us whatsoever and would only become defensive if the walking tree tries to poke it or hurt it.

Another very important thing to note at this point is that most of the spiders out there do not have good eyesight and hence cannot even see too far so they won’t even know that you’re there if you maintain a small distance.

Hopefully, this article was helpful in answering a few of your spider related questions, if you have any further related questions feel free to use the comment section below. Moreover, if you want to know an answer to whether insects seek and take revenge, we have a great article written on just that, you can give that a look “here“. And if you want to go through some interesting facts about insects, natgeokids has a great article written on that, you can give that a look “here

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