Unless the spiders are being consumed on purpose, the average person is unlikely ever to swallow a spider. Occasionally, a ballooning spider might accidentally drift into a human mouth, but this is such an exceptional event that it would be difficult to derive an average figure for the general population.
The myth of unintentionally swallowed spiders probably began with a chain email sent by an Internet columnist named Lisa Holst in the early 1990s. Holst spread the fabricated figure of four spiders per year as part of an experiment in public susceptibility to unfounded "facts." The myth took off and is routinely quoted by various sources.Learn More
There is not one single study done to date that has quantified the number of spiders you eat in your sleep. The common urban legend states that up to 8 spiders are swallowed in your sleep over your lifespan.Full Answer >
Spiders mainly eat insects and drink water. Really big spiders may feast on small critters, like mice and birds.Full Answer >
All spiders are carnivorous, which means they eat a variety of insects and other spiders. Large spiders are able to eat small vertebrates like mice and small birds.Full Answer >
After trapping prey, spiders eat by releasing digestive enzymes that liquefy food and make it easier to swallow. Spiders cannot consume solid food whole, so digested matter must be broken down to pass through their narrow digestive tracts.Full Answer >