The Golden Orb Spider (Nephila senegalensis) (Afrikaans name Streeppoot-Goue Wawielwebspinnekop), normally get their name from the colour of their web. The web is incredibly strong and can last years, it is not regularly dismantled like other spiders.

The female is hundreds of times bigger than their tiny male mates, who are sometimes so small that they can steal her food in the web without her noticing.

They are not aggressive spiders and even if you should run into their web they would not bite. Their bite can be painful but is not considered toxic in any way.

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