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Top 10 Animals that Scare Us the Most

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This lady killer isn't so deadly, but don't test it.
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The black widow isn't the same itsy-bitsy spider you sang about as a child, but more like the stuff nightmares are made of. Male black widows, distinguished by their yellow or white markings, are basically harmless. It's the female you should be concerned about. This femme fatale -- with that trademark red hourglass marking on her abdomen and venomous fangs -- will spin a web and lie in wait for her next victim. Once an insect becomes stuck in her trap, the black widow quickly sinks her teeth into it, sending a shot of venom filled with digestive enzymes into its body. These enzymes cause the insect corpse to liquefy, making one juicy snack for the black widow.

While this leggy lady is a killer, she's not normally aggressive toward people unless she feels threatened. According to the MedlinePlus, death resulting from her bite is very rare in a normally healthy person, although it may be a good idea to seek medical attention. Young children and the elderly are more at risk of having serious health complications after a black widow bite. Black widows like private places, so they're most likely to be found hanging around in wood piles, barns or basements. As with all wild animals, exercise common sense and seek professional help should you find yourself living with one of these creepy crawlies.

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