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One red fang

September 29th, 2015

One red fang

Not something you realize a spider could have except in the movies, but a professor recently discovered a funnel web spider that has just that; one red fang. It is common for other funnel spiders to have other red markings similar to that of the black widow, but to have the red on the fang leaves the professor to believe the pigment is just marking an unusual place on the spider’s body. Another theory, because having a red pigment isn’t odd, is that this one species hasn’t hidden the red behind the brown and black pigments typically seen in the funnel web spider.

Spiders are similar to humans in that they do carry pigment and can be varying colors. Some spiders actually use their colors to survive. Like the crab spider having the ability to camouflage itself within a flower bed, or the peacock spider which the males are particularly colorful. Another spider with a red pigment is the red headed mouse spider which is related to the funnel web spider.

The majority of spiders are not concerning or overly dangerous, however they can be the cause of bites and attacks throughout your home. If you are worried that you may have a spider infestation, call your local pest control company to come evaluate and treat your home.

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