- The Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Venomous Animals in Germany

European Garden Spider

  • Habitat: Forest paths, clearings, forest edges, hedgerows
  • Distribution: All around Germany
  • Size: Up to 0.7 inches (1.8 cm)
  • Characteristics: Light yellow-brown to dark red-brown or black-brown, five spots with white crosses on the abdomen

The European garden spider mostly sits in the middle of its approx 12 inches (30 cm) web and can be seen from July to September. Its venomous fangs are on its head but they’re so short that they wouldn’t even make it through a human’s skin. Even if they could, their venom wouldn’t kill a human.

So if you get bitten by a garden spider, you don’t need to worry. It just feels like a mosquito bite. The “pain” will be over in no time at all.

European Garden Spider European Garden Spider - Photo: Arno van Dulmen/Shutterstock

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