Abstract The venoms from female spiders of the genus Hippasa namely H. partita, H. agelenoides and H. lycosina are compared for biochemical and pharmacological properties. SDS-PAGE pattern revealed varied protein composition. Marked variability is seen with casein hydrolyzing enzymes in SDS-PAGE zymogram. H. partita venom was the only venom that hydrolyzed gelatin while the other two venoms did not. The venoms shared similar hyaluronidase activity, showing a single activity band in SDS-PAGE zymogram. The PLA 2 activity varied as H. partita > H. agelenoides > H. lycosina venoms. Marked differences were noted in the ability to induce edema, cytotoxicity, myotoxicity and neurotoxicity, while hemorrhage was associated exclusively with H. partita venom.