Black widow bites: What happens? Can it kill you? (VIDEO).

What Happens if You're Bitten by a Black Widow

What Happens if You're Bitten by a Black Widow

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March 24 2015 10:53 AM

What Doesn’t Kill You

The truth about a black widow’s bite.

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The black widow, found throughout the world’s temperate and tropical regions, is indeed the most venomous spider in North America—but the notorious black arachnid with the red hourglass on her abdomen hasn’t exactly earned her fearsome reputation.  

Still, that doesn’t mean her bite is pleasant. The video above considers which parts of the black widow's infamy aren’t justified—and which ones are.

Paca Thomas is a regular video contributor to Slate.