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Banana Spiders in Jamaica!

There are NO good reasons why I’m posting this!  I just wanted to show you the nastiest display of spiders I’ve ever seen in my life!  For those of you who’ve traveled to Africa or Australia you’ll probably laugh at these ones.  But back home in Canada I’ve never seen the likes of Banana spiders!

Single banana spider in Jamaica

Single banana spider in Jamaica

Okay so that’s a banana spider, no biggy even though it’s leg span was pretty much like a child’s hand.  But the next picture will show you the BIG problem!  Where there’s one banana spider……there’s also his ENTIRE extended family!!!

Whole heap of banana spiders!!!

Whole heap of banana spiders!!!

Spiders are my greatest phobia next to bees and wasps so you can imagine my reaction when I saw the magnitude of this!  The security guards at this venue laughed themselves silly at my reactions.  Nice that I could be such a spectacle for them LOL!

For all you arachnophobes out there, I will assure you that in twelve trips and seven years I’ve never encountered one of these guys outside a botanical garden.  So you don’t need to be scared to come to Jamaica.  I’d hate to think my blog post makes tourism decline hahaa.

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29 Comments

  1. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwww!
    shiverin’!

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  2. that’s just creepy

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  3. Yah……that’s what I said. Disgusting. Every hair on my body stood up when I saw this!!!!

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  4. OMG!! is that like a HUGE web???? Do they bite?

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  5. Yes it was one GIANT web!!!!!! Apparently they’re harmless. The dude at the garden said they aren’t poisonous like other spiders where you’d just fall over dead if bit LOL. That didn’t really ease my mind.

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  6. Come to Florida – it’s worse in the woods here!!!!!

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  7. HAHA!!! No thanks!!! I’m too chicken LOL.

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  8. Hey JC, good to ‘see’ you again!

    As for this post…I’m itching. I’m a level 10 arachnophobe, and I give THANKS that I have never seen this at home, because I’d surely never come back. Ugh. I have two huge banana trees in my front lawn in country, and mi ready fi tear dem dung! LOL! This is just AWFUL hahahaha! Oh goodness my hair just touched my shoulder and I screamed LOL!!!

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  9. Baaaaaaahahahahhaaa! I laugh til I dead @ your comments LOL!!

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  10. I am going there for my honeymoon in october, hopefully they ll all be sleeping(I Wish)

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  11. HAHAHA well Anna lucky for you they aren’t everywhere. Like I said, this is the first time in 12 trips I saw them and they were mainly in the botanical gardens areas. I think you’ll be safe!! LOL

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  12. I was laughing when I read on tripadvisor that there were no banana spider at Dunns River Falls. We just got back from there and they were every where. i got a cool picture of one. I did research and they are not the infamous banana spider in South America. The spider in jamaica is non aggressive. if it does bite it will hurt for a day but nothing needing medical attention unless you are allergic to it.

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  13. Let me clarify everywhere….They were no where in the walking zone of the falls and their webs are clearly seen. However they were on the sides and if you explore too much at the falls without looking you will run into a web. Do not let this keep you from the falls. The spiders are out of the way of the tourist

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  14. Yes that’s what our tour guide told us too, they’re harmless. Not poisonous. They’re still UGLY and a plenty in some places!!! Not cool for someone who’s worst fear is spiders LOL!

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  15. I grew up in Australia with all kinds off hairy and venomous spiders. Red backs, trap doors, funnel webs etc…. but that last pic still freaks me out!

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  16. HAHA!! Yep same here. The only other place I saw them is waaaaay up in the hills, all webbed into the telephone wires up there. Not cute at all!!! :-D

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  17. I’ve actually walked through a few of those after dark …that experience haunts you forever, i,m still flicking my ears and rubbing my face!

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  18. I have another friend who did the same thing and it still haunts her to death too!! She now lives in Jamaica so I guess it didn’t deter her.

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  19. Ok, I had to comment on here. I am deadly afraid of spiders. When, I was reading the entry, I was over come with anxiety…..Thanks for letting me know where not to go. lol

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  20. LOL Laneysa, at least I can tell you that you won’t run into those spiders all over the place. They seem to just hide out in the trees and gardens.

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  21. I lived in Jamaica for three years and never saw these spiders, and Im happy I didn’t.
    I have a fear of spiders.

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  22. You’re like me, I never saw them until my 12th trip and now that I know about them I’m always looking out.

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  23. The first time I encounted one of those spiders in jamaica I freaked out, it was an area called Stoney Hill…..somewhere in Saint Andrew. The property is huge with lots of trees and fruits and I was just out walking and ran slam bam into the web. I freaked out and ran screaming back to the house. Jamaicans cannot understand how come I am not scared of lizards but have am petrified of spiders. Here in Canada they are not that large.

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  24. LOOOOOOOL same here!!!! I love having lizards in my apartment and lots of my JA friends are afraid of them. But get me around a spider or bee….I run while they turn bee-whisperer and play with them!

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  25. I got back from a trip to Jamaica two weeks ago. One night I found an all black spider, aproximately 5″ in dia., on my bedroom floor. It stayed still while I decided what to do i.e. get someone or take care of it myself. Then I thought that if I left to find someone it may be gone when we came back. If that happened I wouldn’t be able to sleep so I quickly removed a flip flop and squash it. Now I’m trying to find out what it was. It was all black, no yellow at all, and it wasn’t fuzzy. The “Banana Spider” has some yellow, right? Hope you know- tell me!

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  26. Marion I never got close enough to one of those to tell if they have yellow on them so I don’t know. But my hats off to you for killing one by yourself LOL! I think I would call a Jamaican to do it for me!

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  27. at least they’re so big they’re pretty obvious, whatever that’s worth… small sneaky skittery upset me more, never where those are and what they’re up to!

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  28. Lol nice post!
    I want to go to Jamaica badly because that’s where my family is from, but no one can definitively tell me how big the biggest spiders are there.
    Spiders have prevented me from travelling for most of my life. Only since 2008 I have travelled abroad, the furthest being the Dominican Republic. DR does have tarantula sized spiders there, but you don’t come across them in the tourist resorts.
    I’ve always assumed that because Jamaica, like the rest of the Caribbean and South America, is a tropical region with the kind of environments which massive spiders can thrive.
    If anyone can set the record straight, please do so!
    Bless up.

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  29. LOL Squinty! I would say these banana spiders are the biggest I’ve seen in Jamaica but they’re not just everywhere. I only see them in lush green places like these botanical gardens. Regular spiders that you would see in random places aren’t nearly as ugly or threatening.

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