I was rather surprised to find this critter hiding under my barbecue grill cover last weekend. I knew that Black Widow spiders could be found in Texas but I had only ever seen one before and that was quite a distance from Austin so I rather assumed that they didn’t live around here. Apparently I was wrong.
As a child, I had this great poster hung in my bedroom. The title was “The World’s 7 Deadliest Creatures” and slapped right in the middle was a large graphic of a Black Widow spider. Despite this prominent placement, I gather that bites are very rare and deaths are extremely uncommon. Nonetheless, I’m going to be a lot more careful when starting up the grill in future!
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