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It's Raining Spiders (Seriously) & The Terrifying Footage Will Ruin Your Week (VIDEO)

by Sasha Brown-Worsham on February 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

spider rainSpiders. Agh. Just the word conjures up the heeby jeeby creepy crawly shivers for some of us. And in Brazil? Spiders are actually raining down on a town by the thousands. Memo to self: Skip that second trip to Brazil next year.

Erick Reis, a 20-year-old Brazilian, was leaving a party in the Brazilian town of Santo Antonio da Platina when he saw thousands (yes, THOUSANDS) of spiders raining down from the sky. Oh. My. God. The video has since gone viral. And for good reason. It is some seriously harrowing footage.

If you hate spiders like I do, be warned: This will give you the shivers for weeks. See below:

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Are you still breathing? Get this: It's real. Really, really real. And it happens more than we think. 

The Anelosimus eximius spider is a "social" spider from South America. They build colonies of more than 1,000 spiders, and on occasion, high winds carry the webs into new places, creating an effect known as "spider rain." At first glance, that was the species these spiders appeared to be.

But an arachnologist from the University of Cincinnati says otherwise. He believes the spiders are "big, orb-weaving spiders" called Parawixia bistriata and that they leave the nest at some point. In other words, these spiders plan to disperse. And reproduce.

Someone hold me. Please. I am not kidding.

As I type this, I am ACTUALLY getting the chills. OK, look. I know being scared of spiders is silly and they are more afraid of us and blah, blah. But it's a very real phobia and I am legitimately terrified of the creatures.

Maybe I can be rational about sharks. But spiders? No way. If this happened to me, I would seriously have to be committed.

Luckily, these spiders aren't poisonous. But poisonous or not, my skin will crawl for weeks.

How would you feel about "spider rain"?


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  • jalaz77


    February 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM
    Spiders don't freak me out but this is icky. Those are huge. Yuck.
  • mande...


    February 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    eewwhhh!!!  That's like a real life horror movie!

  • sofia...


    February 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM
    Ewww I would have tried to exterminate them! Ewww I hate spiders we definitely don't need more of them.
  • handy...


    February 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    OK, normally I think spiders are actually pretty cool creatures, but that's just horrifying...

  • nicol...


    February 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    ahhh i would be freaking the hell out and running as far away as possible!! hate spiders!!!

  • Beth
    -- Nonmember comment from


    February 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM
    Are you kidding?! I would take this any day over the fist size flying bugs down there! Spiders are awesome. They kill all the other creepy crawlers out there that get in your house and buzz around. This doesn't gross me out at all. I always catch and release the spiders I find in my home.
  • BirdCo


    February 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM
    And Brazil is off the list of places I want to vist.
  • Scarl...


    February 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM
    I tried to look at the video of spiders but instead I got a video k. How to get free Microsoft? Wtf?
  • BeckyP.


    February 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM
    I would not be leaving my house. Freaky.
  • Thinker
    -- Nonmember comment from


    February 12, 2013 at 1:16 PM
    That is a bit much. I would just stay inside but agree with what other person said that non-poisonous spiders are very beneficial. I bet the birds and lizards were having a feast!
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