Argiope aurantia

Scientific Name: Argiope aurantia Common Name: Black and Yellow Garden Spider Family:  Araneidae Subspecies: Max Size: “Adult female body length ranges from 19 to 28 mm (3/4 to 1 1/8 in.), while males reach only 5 to 9 mm (1/4 – 3/8 in.).”(2) Antivenom: Not Applicable Geographical Range: From Canada to Costa Rica. (2, 3) […]

Trichonephila clavipes

Scientific Name: Trichonephila clavipes, previously Nephila clavipes Common Name: Golden Silk Orbweaver Family: Araneidae Subspecies: T. clavipes fasciculata , T. clavipes vespucea Max Size: Antivenom: Not Applicable Conservation Status: Stable Keeper Experience (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced): Beginner Introduction These are some the large true spiders. They are beautiful and not dangerous. They are called Golden Silk […]

Bitis nasicornis

Kingdom  Animalia  Phylum Chordata Class Reptilia Order  Squamata  Suborder Serpentes Family  Viperidae Genus  Bitis Species nasicornis Scientific Name: Bitis nasicornis Subspecies: Common Name(s): Rhinoceros Viper, Rhino-horned Viper, Rhinoceros-horned Viper, Nose-horned Viper, River Jack, Other Family: Viperidae Max Size: 90-120 cm or 35 to 47 inches. Antivenom Code(s): SAfSAI03, SAfAVC02, SAfIBM01, SAfICP07 Geographical Range: West and […]

Crotalus atrox

***The information on this post cannot and does not serve as medical advice.*** Scientific Name: Crotalus atrox Subspecies: None Common Names: Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Coon-tail rattler, Texas rattlesnake, Víbora de cascabel, Víbora serrana (Mexico) Introduction The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) are beautiful snakes; but Crotalus atrox is the venomous snake responsible for the most human […]

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

Introduction Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches! The scientific name is Gromphadorhina portentosa. These great creatures are amazing, easy and fun creatures to have and enjoy. ATTENTION: If you plan to use Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches for feeders, read at the bottom why We don’t recommend them as feeders, however, it does depend on your situation. Geographical Range Madagascar, […]

Dolomedes albineus

Introduction These are large spiders found in the United States. They are not dangerous, but they are fast. Great spiders to raise and enjoy. Venom Fishing spiders are not dangerous. There are no fishing spiders with medically significant venom as far as I know, could there be an exception? Yes. When in doubt, do your […]