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Spider Photos - Rabid Wolf  Spiders

Here's some photos sent in by viewers. There are several types of wolf spiders and I have tried to group them accordingly below. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section.
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Spiders in Amber Closeups Ant & Wasp Mimicking Spiders
Argiopes/St. Andrew's Cross Barn Funnel Weaving Spider Basilica  Spiders
Bird Dropping Spiders Black & Brown House Spiders Bolas Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders Candy Stripe Spiders Common House Spider
Crab Spiders Cyclosa Conica Daddy Long Legs
Daring Jumping Spiders Dew Drop Spiders Fishing Spiders
Funnel Web (Aus) Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers
Ghost Spider Giant House Spider Golden Orb Weavers
Grass spiders/Funnel Weavers Ground Spiders Hacklemesh Weavers
Hobo Spiders Huntsman Spiders Jewelled Spiders
Jumping Spiders Lace Web  Spiders Ladybird Spiders
Leaf Curling Spiders Long Jawed Orb Weavers Lynx Spiders
Marbled Orb Weavers Micarathena Mouse Spiders
Mygalomorphs Net casting Spider Neoscona Semarak
Nursery Web Spiders Parson Spiders Pirate Spiders
Pseudoscorpion Purseweb Spider Red & Black Spiders
Redback Spiders Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spiders Running Crab Spiders
Scorpion Spiders Segestria Florentina Solfugids/Camel Spiders
Southern House Spiders Spider Tats Spitting Spiders
Steatoda Tailless Whip Scorpions Tarantulas
Tengellid Spiders Titiotus (Recluse look alike) Two Spined Spiders
Trapdoor Spiders Tree Trunk Spider Venusta Orchard Spiders
Wandering Spiders White Tailed Spider Widow Spiders
Wolf Spiders Woodlouse Hunters Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders
Zoropsis spinimana

Zygiella x-notata

 
Other Wolf spiders (1) Other Wolf spiders (2) Other Wolf spiders (3)
Other Wolf spiders (4) Other Wolf spiders (5)  
Carolina Wolf Spiders Rabid Wolf Spiders Burrowing Wolf Spiders

RABID WOLF SPIDERS

The Rabid Wolf Spider is easily confused with other wolf spiders and also Nursery Web spiders and Funnel Weaver Spiders. It can be identified by its stripe pattern. The cephalothorax (front body section) has two dark stripes. The abdomen( rear body section) has one dark stripe surrounded by two pale lines. The female, which is larger than the male, can have a body length (not counting legs) of almost an inch. The male's body is usually about half an inch. Wolf spiders do not build webs to catch prey. They do weave silk to build a shelter, or to build a sac to carry eggs in. Rabid Wolf Spiders hunt their food at night, ambushing prey or using their speed. This brownish-yellow spider camouflages well with dead leaves and bark .They eat mostly insects. When Rabid Wolf Spiders breed, the male does a sort of "dance", by waving its pedipalps (large leg-like mouthparts). He also makes a noise. When the female lays eggs, she builds a silk egg sac to carry them in. She attaches the sac to her abdomen. When spiderlings (baby spiders) hatch, they ride on her back until they are old enough to be on their own. Rabid Wolf Spiders can be seen in woods, meadows, or anywhere there are leaves. If captured, they will bite, but they are not considered dangerous. If you see them at night with a flashlight, their eyes will reflect light.
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Reply: This is female rabid wolf spider,  carrying her egg sac-  glen

16 August, 2017:
Just wanted to share this photo with you. Found her while moving some rocks around in our backyard. I moved her to a safer place so she wouldn't get squished.

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Reply: A Rabid wolf spider, not sure why it has one black leg but it seems to happen in this species -  glen

16 August, 2017:
Is this just a grass spider?? Why is there one left front black leg and no right?? They are all this way maybe coincidentally? I'm very curious about this. If you could help me identify this with certainty that would be most excellent. Thank you, Joe coomes.

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Reply: A Rabid wolf spider -  glen

14 June, 2017:
This one is big. What is it?! Thanks!

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12 December, 2016:
Hello, my name is ivey davis I live in lagrange georgia. I'd like to submit some photos of a female wolf spider carrying her babies. Thank you for your time.

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Reply: thanks for that -  glen

12 December, 2016:
I thought you might appreciate this photo. I found this wolf spider and her babies in my yard a few years ago. Love your site! Kristen

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Reply: Female Rabid wolf spider carrying her egg sac -  glen

12 December, 2016:
What is it?

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Reply: Looks like a rabid Wolf Spider -  glen

23 June, 2016:
My daughters new house must have been built on a spider nest. She has been finding these spiders in her house at least 3x a week and this one is a little one.

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Reply: This is a rabid Wolf Spider -  glen

17 January, 2016:
Hi. Ive used your site twice now to identify a spider. I am deathly frightened of them yet haven't killed them because twice I found photos on your said and you said were harmless. This was the scariest of all! I think from your photos it's a wold spider is that right? I am in Austin TX. Lore

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Reply: This is a female Rabid Wolf Spider carrying her spiderlings -  glen

8 Nov, 2015:
I have never seen anything like this before, thought at first was a baby toad as thats about the size it was. Sending you a picture, could you please tell me what kind it is? I live in Illinois, upper North West section of state. Thank you, Sincerely, Debra

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Reply: This is a female Rabid Wolf Spider carrying her spiderlings -  glen

29 Sept, 2015:
Got a nice pic thought you could use. Good luck! Michael

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Reply: This is a Rabid Wolf Spider -  glen

31 July, 2015:
Good morning. I have had 2 people tell me this is a recluse, but I have not found any picture that would confirm that. Do you think it is a grass spider? Gina

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5 February, 2015
Could you possibly tell me about this one that was waiting for me in my garage this morning?

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5 February, 2015
Hello again glen! I ran into this spider in the window well of my house about 20 miles southwest of chicago and was wondering if you could identify it for me. Thanks a lot!

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5 February, 2015
This big guy was in my shoe, any idea what kind it is and if they are dangerous? Thanks, Charles

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5 February, 2015
I'm on a roll finding interesting spiders...can you help me ID this one my dog found in a Pa gas station parking lot? It looks a lot like a wolf spider but the darker colored front legs are throwing me off.

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5 February, 2015
Here's another one I saw today.

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5 February, 2015
What is this bad boy? August 4 Versailles, KY 11pm Seen him around a few days. He runs when I get close. His presence means what?

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5 February, 2015
i was in upstate new york fishing next to him. Any ideas??

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5 February, 2015
Hello. I hope you can help cause Im freaking out here just a bit I snapped some quick pics and cant tell what kind of spider this is. Its BIG like 3 at least. Im in East Texas. Dont know if you can see it or not. Would appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks so much, Kathy

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider  - glen

5 February, 2015:
What kind of spider may this be. Located in the U.S. south east (Georgia) Thanks!

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider  - glen

11 July, 2014:
I can't tell whether this is a Wolf Spider or what. I found it while cutting tall grass.

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider  - glen

11 July, 2014:
Thank you for your help! I'm sure this is a easy one, but I'd love your experienced opinion. My dog was bitten by what we presume a spider, and is doing fine now.

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider  - glen

11 July, 2014:
Rather larger spider found in our garage in suburban Colorado. Please help identify!!

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider and not really considered dangerous although they can bite - glen

6 May, 2014:
Can you tell me what kind of spider this is and if it is dangerous?

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Reply: Could be a rabid wolf spider but not sure without seeing more of it - glen

6 May, 2014:
Hello, I live in Florida and I found this little guy outside in my backyard. I know it's a wolf spider, but I was wondering if you might know what specific species it is. Thank you, Katie

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3 April, 2014:
Hello! This was in my house last night and I was curious as to which one this is. I live in Dubai. Thanks in advance!

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17 February, 2014:
Hello, Please help! Is this a brown recluse?

 

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17 February, 2014:
Glenda, I have been finding this particular spider in my pool and can't understand why or what kind it is, can you help? From small to large

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11 October, 2013:
Found on school wall during recess. We think it was carring babies on back. I was too afraid to get closer to get a better picture. Hope you can help inform us. J. Sanchez

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11 October, 2013:
I live in Brooksville FL and found this spider on my front patio this afternoon and was curious as to what it was... I looked every where and could not find any thing on it. Thank you.

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11 October, 2013:
I think it's a wolf spider, but it's not hairy

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8 September, 2013:
Hi Glen. This is one if three that have been.found in my home and around my front door in the past few days. I live in Northeast Kansas.... Can you please tell me what this? Maggie

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8 September, 2013:
Please help us identify this spider! We keep finding them in our store. We are in Baltimore Maryland. Thanks!!

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23 August, 2013:
Love an Identification Please

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23 August, 2013:
Glen, I stumbled across your site when trying to identify if this "little" guy is a wolf spider. Sure enough, he has all the trappings of a rabid wolf spider, but I noticed only a couple of pictures show rabid wolf spiders with black front legs, and those that do don't show scale well. I get a bunch down in my basement where my office is, and this particular adventurer decided to jump on my shoulder from the wall shelf at 2 a.m. last night. Fortunately it was late enough that I was too lethargic to panic and squish him and decided to capture him under a very large glass. This represent a typical size for the black-footed variety in these parts, but I have seen them scuttle and leap across my basement in sizes well up to a standard DVD in leg diameter! This guy's a couple inches short of that, but they' large ones are really difficult to catch since they're fast, larger than most containers, and exceptionally strong. This guy actually managed to push the glass with his front legs trying to escape. I've seen them dine on large moths and even camel back crickets, which might explain their size. Feel free to use this pic and/or e-mail if you think it would help! Regards, - Wade

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23 August, 2013:
Identify spider in Colorado Springs, CO yard

 

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23 August, 2013:
Hi Glen, I was hoping you might help me id a spider. Attached is a photo I took a few minutes ago of the spider inside the cat litter box, inside my house on the ground floor. I got as close as I could to get an approximate measurement. I live in Geauga County, Ohio 44022. Thanks in advance, David

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23 August, 2013:
Can you please tell me what kind of spider this is and if I should be afraid of it? I found it in my sink while I was getting my coffers pot ready. It doesn't really look like the funnel grass spider pictures I looked at. It does look scary ! Thanks for your help!

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23 August, 2013:
The body was about 2-21/2 " long biggest spider I've seen outside of the zoo. It was in my pool running across the top of the water. I live in Forked River, NJ 08731. I looked at a bunch of pics online and found nothing that matches exactly

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10 August, 2013:
Hey Glen, A friend found this spider in a building maintained by the US Army in West Virginia. We looked at all the spider pics we could find but couldn't identify it...please help! Thanx!

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4 August, 2013:
Found this pretty little guy in my laundry area the first time. Stomped on the floor to scare him off. Then he was in my bathroom. Found him a couple days later in my shoes. Had a feeling I'd find him on the couch when I got home from work today. I moved a few things and pushed on the cushion, and sure enough!! He pops up out of the crack. He's been safely released outside (in the neighbour's yard). Hoping he doesn't find his way "home." He's beautiful, but he scares my kids. And my boyfriend. About three inches when in a normal standing position, with legs partially bent. Inch and a quarter body or so, I'm guessing. Definitely male, though the pictures don't show it well. He posed for several pictures, then walked into the jar calm as can be. Two feet per second, over short distances, I found. And this little boy sure lived up to it. The pictures are pretty good quality. If you zoom in, you can even see the hairs on his legs. That's how I made sure it was the same spider. You can have them.

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider   - glen

4 August, 2013:
Can you tell me what kind of spider this is? I attached a picture. I live in Washington and found this outside my house. I haven't been able to find out for sure what it is. Thank you!

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider   - glen

4 August, 2013:
Is this a wolf spider?

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider   - glen

4 August, 2013:
Hello, I took this picture when I was in Tennessee for vacation and I was just wondering if you knew what it might be. Feel free to use the picture. Thanks, Heather

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider   - glen

4 August, 2013:
We live in garland Tx and found this in our yard. It was about 4 inches diameter. We think that it is some kind of funnel web. Do you know?

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider   - glen

4 August, 2013:
Do you still use this email? I didn't recall seeing any recent posts on your page. I was hoping you could tell me what kind of spider this is. I'm just outside of Houston. Thanks! Michele

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider   - glen

4 August, 2013:
We have had this visitor on our porch on and off for two weeks and I cannot identify it, do you know if it's harmful? We live in north Georgia. -Eric

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider   - glen

4 August, 2013:
We found this spider in a tree near Coleman, Texas. I took a picture and told the kids to steer clear. But I really think it's harmless... Maybe a Wolf Spider? What do you think?Seriously... Here's the picture.

 

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider   - glen

4 August, 2013:
Please help identify spider

 

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Reply: This is a female rabid wolf spider  with her babies on her back - glen

4 August, 2013:
Hello, Thank-you ahead of time for any information you can give me on this spider. I love nature and often take pictures of things and later try to identify them. I'm having no such luck with this particular spider. Any info you could give me would be appreciated. This spider is located in my landscaping pond. We usually put bricks leaning upwards for creatures that get stuck in the water and can't get out, that way they can climb out when needed. This spider picture was taken on the brick in the pond, but I have also seen it floating on the top of the water. There are tadpoles in the pond and I don't know if the spider is using them as a food source or just likes the algee. I live in Evansville Indiana & picture was taken in early July. We are right on the boarder to the south and our zone is 5. Thanks again for any help you might give me. Kelley

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Reply: This is a female rabid wolf spider  with her babies on her back - glen

4 August, 2013:
Hi, I came across your website when I was trying to figure out what kind of spider we happened across on our hike. It was "textured", not smooth. The yellow spots that you see were raised from the rough brown body. There were stripes or a pattern of some sort on the legs. It was very docile and seemed to want to hide, rather than confront. We snapped a picture, then let him continue on his merry way. Any help would be appreciated-- it was a gorgeous spider! Thank you! Kat

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Reply: This is a female rabid wolf spider  with her babies on her back - glen

4 August, 2013:
Hi Glen, Are you still taking spider photos? If so, I imagine you will recognize the attached instantly. I've been looking at your picture but can't quite tell what this is. It looks a little like some pix of the grass spider, nursery web spider and spitting spider then nothing like others of the same. Also I've not seen anything with all that roughness on the back. Eggs? Anyway, tx for an ID if you have time. This fellow was in Basalt, CO, on wood in the shade next to my well pump. Robin

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider - glen

4 August, 2013:
Hi, I live west of Fort Worth, TX. I was wondering if you could help identify this spider we found in a rock pile in our back yard. It was about 2.5 inches long. (Body not body and legs)

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider - glen

26 April, 2013:
I live in michigan and i just found this crawling on my leg! what is it???

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Reply: This is a female rabid wolf spider with her egg sac - glen

21 October, 2012:
 
I would like to know what spider this is, I think it's a giant house spider, probably wrong. It was probably from the 1.5 to 2.5 inch mark.

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider - glen

21 October, 2012:
Hi, My name is Sean, and I live in North Carolina. I recently was discharged from the military and have been living with the love of my life outside of Ft. Bragg. I only mention that because when I went to Afghanistan, I was exposed to the great nature of a completely different ecosystem. It was great, the new insects and animals and all. I have been fascinated with nature since I was little child and haven't really been able to stop myself from always going out and catching animals and such, even as a grown adult lol Sorry for the long introduction, my main point is to ask you if you wouldn't mind identifying this species for me and I am not completely sure of the specimen. I have been keeping it for a few days now, I really like it, which is very strange for me as I love nature as stated before, but not too fond of spiders as I have had a not so colorful past with them. It is the end of sept. - beginning of oct. he was behind my dryer inside the coils of an electric cord. He been eating everything I have provided to him and I am thinking of moving him to something more bigger as it is very cramped for him. He's about 2 - 2 1/2 inches and wasn't very startled by my presents when I found him which surprised me. He was very cooperative to be caught, and didn't even try to run away. Thank you very much as I believe this may be the first step towards a very healthy relationship of a nature that I thought I'd never adopt.

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Reply: Yes it's a rabid wolf spider - glen

21 October, 2012:
This one has its babies all over it's back. Is it a wolf spider? Thanks Jason

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25 September, 2012:
You have my permission to publish the photo / image

 

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25 September, 2012: :
Was wondering if you could tell me what kind of spider this is? We saw it in Kitty hawk, NC in the outer banks walking near the Soundside..

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19 August, 2012:
Hi again Glen I know I just sent one to you and I hate to bother you so soon after. I feel like I have you doing my job for me tonight. Maybe I should just hand my site over to you. lol Crap! I just realized I forgot to attach the other pic as well. Lol Okay, the pic from the other email is attached to this one as well. The one for this email will have Wolf at the end of the name. This new spider is strange to me. Looking at the eyes and body, I would have been sure it was a Wolf Spider. Guessing the Rabid Wolf Spider? But I never saw two front legs like that on a Wolf Spider before! Have you? Plus, I thought it was strange that it is in a web. I thought Wolf Spiders only spun webs to protect their eggs. Could you tell me if I am wrong on that? Thank-you very much for your time. Ken

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22 July, 2012:
Hello I recently moved to Texarkana Texas and coming from the west coast I saw these spiders that I did not recognize. Texarkana is a country place so I might be wrong to assume these are wolf spiders as they may be anything. There are a bunch nearly everywhere here in the country, they are brown about an inch long body with long 2 1/2 (maybe) inch long legs, and have two darker brown stripes along the back of its body and this one seems to have eggs on its behind making it look lumpy. Like I said it seems to be carrying eggs so I didn't want to get too close for the pics it may be aggressive. Any idea of what it may be?

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13 July, 2012:
Shot this spider in my tomato garden this a.m. Howard , Brenham, Texas

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2 July, 2012:
it has been terribly hot here, this fine friend is hanging on to my kitchen screen looking for some a/c
Ellen

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider - glen

25 June, 2012:
I saw on your website that you identify spiders, Can you please identify this spider for me? This is the best shot I could get, I had to take 20 before I got a clear one, and I didn't want to get any closer than I already was! I am pretty terrified of spiders and I don't really want to kill it, but I'm not thrilled about it wandering around inside my house either without knowing exactly what it is . . . Thanks! ~Jessica

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider - glen

19 June, 2012:
I found this spider in my room, & days later I found another baby spider that looked just like it, what type is it? Is it dangerous?

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Reply: Looks like a rabid wolf spider - glen

11 March, 2012:
I am visiting Orlando and came across this guy. Would you know what it is? Best Regards Brian

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Reply: Looks like a rabid wolf spider - glen

26 February, 2012:
Hi Glen, enjoy your site. We live on 40 acres in the southern area of Texas. I believe this is a wolf spider. What do you think? Robbin
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Reply: Looks like a rabid wolf spider - glen

23 December, 2011:
Hi Glen, We just moved to Myrtle Beach South Carolina and found this fellow hanging out on our porch. It was about 2 1/2 inches long. It scared the you know what out of us and we are wondering what type of spider it was.. We think it's a wolf spider, but aren't sure??!! Thanks!

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19 November, 2011:
What kind of spider is this

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23 October, 2011:
What kind of spider is this?

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22 October, 2011:
Found this at my old highschool, and was thinking it looked kind of like a wolf spider, but wasn't sure. Do you know what kind it is?

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11 September, 2011:
i cannot determine what it is wolf maybe []Allan

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13 August, 2011:
Hello my name is Jason, i recently found a spider in my closet at my apartment in oklahoma, i was wondering if you could maybe identify it. I have attached a photo because im not sure how to get the picture to you (didnt know if there was a way to put it on your website to ask what it is or if i just have to email it to you) Any help would be appreciated as I am extremely arachnophobic. Thank you in advance for any help you are able to give me. Jason

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13 August, 2011:
same spider just different angle feel free to use.n

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13 August, 2011:
Hi, I have several of these in my backyard (dirt/grass). Some with egg sacs like this and some without. I live in Western North Carolina (Asheville). One of these spiders charged at me!! I never see them during the day.just at dusk and at night. Ive never seen one in my house. I have small children and a Chihuahua so want to know how dangerous these are. Your help is very much appreciated. Thank you, Karen

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13 August, 2011:
Glen, I found this spider in my garage tonight. I am guessing it's a wolf spider? Your website is great! Thanks for all the info. Kay in Houston, Texas

 

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1 August, 2011:
Dear Glen, Can u identify this?

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Reply: Here's another one with black front legs - glen

24 July, 2011:
Dear Glen, Attached is a picture of a spider that my friend found in his house in Dallas Tx. I have recently had two of these in my house in Lufkin Tx. The two that were in my house were very large in size. One was about as big as a baseball with legs extended and the other was about as big as a silver dollar. My friend thinks it's a wolf spider but I'm guessing that maybe it's a grass spider. However when I looked at your pics, none of the grass spiders had the two black front legs. Can you please help me identify these spiders and tell me if they are dangerous or not?

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Reply: Closest I can come up with is the rabid wolf spider but they don't normally have black front legs - glen

16 July, 2011:
Okay, so I am not a spider fan, but have learned to live and let live which is a huge improvement for me. I found this guy on a rock, 2pm in my yard. I live in Indiana by the way. He is beyond gorgeous and extremely creepy! I thought it was a parsons at first but the body shape and eyes do not seem to be correct for that. Could you please help me to identify him? I did let it live and I hope I don't live to regret that decision! For the last year I have come to your site numerous times to identify these guys! You have helped to convince me I can deal with them...at least at a distance! Thanks for all you do! Christine

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Reply: Not a recluse or hobo, it's a rabid wolf spider - glen

24 June, 2011:
Grass spider?

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Reply: No - a wolf spider - glen

12 November, 2010:
Grass spider?

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider -  glen

3 November, 2010:
Hello, I came across your website and have found it extremely useful. I hope you can help me identify this spider. I have found a few of these in an apartment in Oklahoma City, Oct 21, 2010. Actually the garage and stairwell to the outside of the apartment. I believe it's a funnel/grass spider based on your website. The reason I am not sure is I cannot see the spinnerets and have looked everywhere, but can't find their webs. They seem to just hang on the walls. Sorry for the lengthy message, but I wanted to give the correct information. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.  

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider -  glen

3 November, 2010:
Hello Glen Just wondering what kind of spider this is? I was told it's a wolf spider. Thanks Rich, New Jersey, USA  

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Reply: This is a mama rabid wolf spider with her spiderlings- glen

31 October, 2010:
 

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Reply: This is a mama rabid wolf spider with her spiderlings- glen

31 October, 2010:
We found this spider on the sidewalk if front of our house in Killeen, Texas. Is it a Wolf Spider? You have great website! Thanks for your help. Scott

 


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Reply: This is a wolf spider, you should be OK but keep an eye out and see your dr if there are any worrying symptoms or the bite shows any signs of infection or allergic reaction - glen

10 October, 2010:
I ran across your website and wonder if you could identify the spider in the attached photo for us. We thought we saw a black widow not too long ago, but it seems this spider has taken her place. Thank you, Jennifer

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11 September, 2010:
Hello, I know you get plenty of emails but I was wondering if you had any idea what kind of spider this it? Thanks, Amanda

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23 August, 2010:
Hi Glen, I've seen a handful of these spiders in my house -- maybe 10 in the last 3 months. If they are alive, they are usually in a bathroom. Or... we've found some curled up and dead in some rooms adjacent to the bathroom. Just wondering if this was a Wolf Spider. I live near a wooded area just outside Jacksonville, FL. Thanks

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Reply:  A rabid wolf spider  - glen


14 August, 2010:
Hey there I live in Hainesport New Jersey and while doing some yardwork I stumbled upon this really neat looking spider. Is there any way you could tell me some more about him or her? Thanks Sondra

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Reply:  A rabid wolf spider  with her babies - glen


14 August, 2010:
I took this shot where I work in Roanoke, Virginia, USA. It was approx. 2 inches in length. Thanks and best regards, Charlie

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Reply:  A rabid wolf spider  - glen


14 August, 2010:
Hello. I found this in my house and was told it is a wolf spider by the pest control guy, but I'm not so sure ... what do you think it is? Thanks for your time! Rosalyn

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Reply:  A rabid wolf spider  - glen


14 August, 2010:
Glen, Live in central New Jersey (closer to PA than the east coast). Saw this monster on the siding above my deck. I think its a funnel spider, but Ive never seen one this large. The body was about 1 1 long. There was no sign of a web, but it might have one under the deck, since thats where it ran after I took this pic. Can you id it? Whatever it is, I wish it would eat all the stink bugs that have hatched :-| Sue

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Reply: Probably a rabid wolf spider, can't see the 2nd spider well enough to ID it sorry - glen

2 August, 2010:
Im thinking the first photo is a grass spider is that correct? The second spider, I have no idea; but by the next morning, she had made 2 big egg sacs on the lid of the jar Wondering what to do with those? Put the lid in the garden?  

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Reply: Probably a rabid wolf spider - glen

2 August, 2010:
Hi Glen, I found this 'little' guy in my garage tonight and I thought you'd like the photo for your web page. I was really hoping I would have the chance to get some really awesome close ups but my girlfriend was screaming too loud for me to focus. :) Anyways, I think it is a Rabid Wolf Spider. -Greg Coppell, TX.  

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Reply: Probably a rabid wolf spider - glen

1 August, 2010:
Hi Glen, We just recently moved to north Texas (McKinney) from Illinois and just found a large spider that we have never seen before and we were wondering if you could help identify it for us. We have two 2 year old, a puppy and a cat that play outside a lot and we just wanted to ensure that it wasn't dangerous. I have attached 2 pictures - 1 zoomed in, the second zoomed out for scale Thanks, Shawn  

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Reply: Could be a rabid wolf spider - glen

7 July, 2010:
Hello, I work in a warehouse and I came across this spider that was underneath a box in a rather shady area. I have looked at pictures on the web but I cannot accurately identify it. Here are some photos of it. I was wondering if you could help me to figure out what kind of spider this is? (also, I am located in Georgia if that helps any) Thanks! Tanner

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Reply: This one is a rabid wolf spider  - glen

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June, 2010:
Hi there. I just stumbled across your site. Lot of good stuff. I am stuck though. I live in western Ky. I found a spider in my house this evening. I thought it was the same as the ones on the front porch...it isn't ( I dont think). The picture of the spider on the carpet/trim I think is a grass spider? The one on the window and grey carpet is on the front porch. They are everywhere. It is a hobo spider? They are smaller then the one I found in the house. I'm terrified of spiders!!! Please help :)


 

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10 June, 2010:
Hi Glen can you identify this spider below? We have seen 3 of them in the pool in the last couple of weeks. We live in SW Florida. I want to make sure I dont have a recluse problem. We had cedar mulch laid not too long ago. Thanks for any direction.

 

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10 June, 2010:
I just moved to Georgia (the state not the country) and am coming across a bunch of different spiders. Ii am originally from Michigan and have not seen so many spiders before. I am hoping you can help me identify these guys. (See attached file: spider11.jpg) (See attached file: spider112.jpg) Regards, Theodore

 

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5 April, 2010:
Glen: I know it has been a long time. By the date on this last email, just over a year. I had tried during that time to get a really good picture, but I only ran across one at the most inconvenient times and had to... well... dispatch them. This evening, however, success! Attached is a picture, and I'm sorry to say he was injured during the capture. Do spiders grow back their legs? Anyway, I caught it in a cup and deposited him in the bathtub for photography. Where he still is, I might add. This was the largest specimen to date, about the size of a US quarter at full leg span. Very aggressive, very fast. Now that he's lit up and enlarged, and I can see the markings, I don't think brown recluse, but I'd still like to know what it is given that I seem to have a lot of them that invade my house. I appreciate you! I hope to hear from you soon. (Like, really soon. Do I wash him down the drain or take him outside?) Karleen

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16 October, 2009:
Hi Glen, I stumbled upon your website while trying to identify a large spider my wife found on our garage floor. Based on what I learned from your very informative website, I think we had a female Rabid Wolf Spider with babies covering her abdomen. My daughter and I scooped her up and then set her free in the field across the street from our house. It was quite a science lesson for all of us! Can you please take a look at the attached picture and give your opinion as to whether Rabid Wolf seems to be the correct classification or not? You have my permission to post the photo on your website or share the photo with other folks if youd like. Sorry the quality is not that great. Thanks very much, -- Paul

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16 October, 2009:
Hi Glen, I found this lil lady today in my garden and was trying to find out if she was a wolf spider? I believe that she was carrying babies on her back. Thanks, Veronica

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16 October, 2009:
Can you tell me what kind of spider this is? We live in Maryland and it lives in our basement shower. It definitely hunts - no webs. It's been 'living' there for over a month. I know it leaves the shower because it isn't always there, but I've never seen it outside of it. Thank you!!! Melanie

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12 September, 2009:
I used your site to identify a couple spiders, so I thought you might want to use the pictures I took to help identify them.  Your site is an awesome reference. Thanks! Andy

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5 September, 2009:
This is a spider I photographed down in Tennessee. My dad thought it was a brown recluse, but after seeing your site we now think otherwise. More in the direction of a wolf spider. Be really glad if you could identify this, since you've probably seen more spiders than I want to in my entire lifetime.

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21 August, 2009:
Can you please help me try to identify these spiders? My friends and I have been looking around ourselves but come up with nothing.

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Reply: Yes I'd say this is a rabid wolf spider too - glen

26 July, 2009:
We get Rabid Wolf Spiders every summer but this one is so much larger than what we're used to. It's abdomen is enormous! Am I right in my classification? I've got a newborn, 2 year old, 4 y/o & a 6 y/o so if it's something dangerous I'd like to know! Thanks! -Michelle.

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3 August, 2009:
Glen, I am trying to get this spider identified. I was wondering if you have any idea what it is; to the best of my knowledge it appears to be a Wolf Spider. Thanks Robb Rock Hill SC PS It measures about 2.5X3"

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Reply: I think this is a  wolf spider  as well - glen

28 May, 2009:
Hello, I found this spider in my closet this morning. I'm not sure what it is though. It was a good 2 and half inches across. There was also a smaller one of these by my bedroom window. It was snacking on a small bug. I've asked several people if they knew what kind of spider it is and no one knows. Could you tell what kind of spider it is? Are these spiders something I should worry about? I don't mind if that photo is shared. Thank you, Jennifer

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Reply: Yes this is a rabid wolf spider with her babies.

22 September, 2008:
Hi Glen, I found this AMAZING spider at the bottom of my front porch. I live in Longs, SC which is outside of North Myrtle Beach. The entire abdomen is covered with babies! It let us get close enough to take this great picture. Is this a wolf spider? Thanks, Jen

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18 September, 2008:
well we were sitting on the porch and i saw another one this one didn't move very much until my lil one blowed on it then it ran off. but i got some pics of it and it looks very similar to the male i found in the house. the pics look a lot crisper too i think. i think its a female with baby spiders on it? anyways here you go hope this helps oh and feel free to put these on your site if you want lacy

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Reply: It is a female wolf spider carrying her babies.

14 September, 2008:

Is this a wolf spider or a funnel spider?

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Reply: This is a female wolf spider not a funnel weaver.
14 September, 2008:
My brother hooked me up with your very informative web site. Have you ever seen this? A Funnel Weaver/Grass Spider with all of its babies on the back. We didn't realize that it was babies until the spider dropped out of the Cool Whip dish and tons of babies scattered everywhere. How long do the babies stay on the parent's back? Thanks! Shannon We found this spider in the main water line valve box in our yard. The spider was quite large; it is in a Cool Whip dish. In the first two pictures, all of the small projections on the spider's back is baby spiders. The last 2 photos is once the spider was dropped on the concrete, all the babies scattered.

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Reply: Yes this is a wolf spider.
7 September, 2008:

Hello Glen, Is this a wolf spider with an egg sack? I live in PA, USA. Thanks for your help Have a great day Julia

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Reply: This is a rabid wolf spider.
7 September, 2008:
I found this in my home and it was about an inch long. I can't tell if it is grass spider, wolf spider, or some other type of spider. I live in Maryland and am worried if it is something dangerous since I have an toddler at home. Any help in identifying will be appreciated. Thank you.

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Reply: This is a wolf spider.
30 August, 2008:
Hello, I recently had a good sized spider pay me a visit (was not bitten or anything) and have looked around online a little, trying to identify it. I noticed your site and was wondering if you could help out. Attached are a few Images, one from a distance to show Size, another closer to get detail.. It did not move when I noticed it, or when I took the pictures.. but moved quite quickly when I attempted to capture it... Hope to hear back soon. Jon
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Reply: This is a female wolf spider with her egg sac.

 August, 2008:
i believe this is a huntsman or a wolf, but would like clarification. i've had it as a rescued pet for a little bit now, and it just happened to pop out an egg sack. was wondering if you knew how long till they hatched

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Reply: This is a wolf spider.

10 July, 2008:
Hi, I caught this large spider (Over 1 inch) coming out of my bathroom drain, and I wanted to make sure that it wasn't poisonous, as I have seen them before, can you help me figure out what type it is? Thank you~!! Matthew

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3 July, 2008:
Hi! I live in Alabama and am having major issues with a certain type of spider outside, as well as them coming into my house. I took this picture a few months ago. I have seen these spiders in all sizes the one pictured is the biggest that I have seen. With it's legs it was bigger than a silver dollar.I was wondering if you could tell me what kind it is and whether or not it is poisonous. It looks like a few of the different spiders that I saw pictures of on your website, so i can't be sure. One got on my 2 year old sons head lastnight, but thankfully did not bite him. I would be very thankful for ANY kind of information that you could provide me. Jessica

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5 June, 2008:
Hi Glen, Don't ask me the name because I don't know it. It's just a photo for you. Cheers. Eddie

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Reply: This looks like a female wolf spider with its babies on its back. They are not considered dangerous but can bite like all spiders can. Small children should be taught to recognise but not touch spiders.
19 April, 2008:
Hi Glen, I found this spider floating in our pool.  When it saw me, it jumped onto this pink swimming noodle.  I removed the noodle from the pool and when I put it onto our patio, a bunch of tiny spiders went scurrying in all directions.  Being that we will be having lots of spider babies running around, I was wondering (1) what kind of spider is this? And (2) are they safe to be around my 3 yr old? Thanks Lisa

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30 September, 2007:
By any chance do you know what type of spider this is, I was in southern Mississippi rebuilding houses, and at the shelter I was staying at i found a lot of them, they don't seem harm full, but they sure are big, out of curiosity I was wondering what they were called, thank you for your time, it is greatly appreciated. Chris

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25 July, 2007:
Hi glen, I found your website and used your information to identify a female wolf spider. Feel free to post if you like. Thanks! Sheryl

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24 July, 2007:
Can you tell me what type of spider this is? I am in Conroe, Texas and I have spotted 4 of them so far that were like this..very big. Thanks.
 

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24 July, 2007:
Hello glen, I live in Round Rock Texas (just north of Austin) I was pulling my BBQ pit outta the garage when I saw this spider on the wall by some boxes. My first thought was large brown.... RECLUSE, but a quick search on the net showed me otherwise, I THINK it is a wolf spider, but the abdomin seems larger than all the other photo's I've seen. included is a pic, i would not be writing you but as I went to get some bug spray the lil bugger dissapeared into my garage. and I have small children.
Thank you John

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15 July,  2007:
Hello, I came across your website while I was searching for information on Wolf Spiders. Seems that this year we are finding more wolf spiders in our house than I can ever remember seeing. Must be because I sprayed outside and forced them to come inside. What do I do to get rid of them. My wife is so afraid one of them is going to crawl on her at night!  I took this portrait of this spider that managed to find his way in to our bathroom sink. He was feeling a little flushed afterwards.   You have my permission to use the photo as long as you give me name credit. Thank you for your website.
Christopher Boles

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4 July, 2007:
Heya Glen, I found this guy running down our long hallway the other night. He's about 2-3 in. long and wide, a bit bigger than I'm used to around here. Please post this photo of him on your site if you'd like :) Do you know what kind of spider he is?
Thanks so much! Jenny

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27 June, 2007:
Hi Glen,  I, too, ran across your web-site while trying to identify the green lynx. I recently moved from Kansas where we had Wolf Spiders but when I moved to the Waco, TX area I found them to be on steroids. I guess it's true "everything's bigger in Texas." My finger is approx. 2 3/4" long in the picture with the Wolf.
Thanks,
Glenda

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24 June, 2007:
Hey I found this guy hiding in the corner of the bathroom. I think it's a wolf spider.

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27 August, 2006:
i saw this spider outside in my backyard. i am a new resident in tecumseh, oklahoma and i have never seen a spider like this. i was wondering if you might be able to tell me what kind, and if it is poisonous. the body is about the size of a half dollar, and its legs are two to three inches long.

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9 August, 2006:
Dear Glen, or whom it may concern,
I would greatly appreciate your help. I understand that you can not give a definite answer on the type of spider just by the photo, but I am sending this photo anyway.
Maybe I am being silly but I am very afraid of spiders. I do feel that as long as they are not in my house then they are fine. I try to be understanding that spiders live everywhere, so in order to coexist I stay out of there habitats and have the exterminator come every 2 months to keep them out of mine. This spider was on my porch this morning (and it just about gave me a heart attack!) I called the exterminator but he did not know what kind of spider it was. I looked through your web site to try and identify it. I did see some that looked similar (the wolf spider?) to this one I found however my spider did not have eggs on its back, was not hairy, it had red lines on its butt and 2 black front legs none - of which I saw on the other wolf spiders that I looked at. I am hoping that you will reply and let me know what you think even if it is your opinion and a guess. Some Peace of mind is better then none. If nothing else I figured you might like the photo. You are more then welcome to post or share this photo on your website. Thank you so much for your time and your help . Worried sick about the kids and dogs, ~ Beth

Reply: It looks like a Rabid Wolf spider which also looks very similar to a Nursery Web spider. You can tell the difference by their eyes. Pisaurids have their eyes arranged in 2 rows, the posterior row slightly recurved, the median eyes in the second row slighly (if any) larger than the others. (Wolf spiders have eyes arranged in 3 rows). Unfortunately I can't see the eyes on this one but think it looks more like a wolf spider than the nursery web spider. Female Wolf spiders carry their babies on their backs, not their eggs which are in a sac.

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4 August,  2006:
Here is a spider I found walking on the wall next to me in a new construction home. Think its a female Wolf Spider, any info? Thanks, great website! Seems to be a lot of really good photographers out there!

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16 July, 2006:
 Hi, This is a photo of what I believe is a Wolf Spider that I found dead at the bottom of our pool in Panama City Beach Florida (USA). I thought you might like the shot because it shows the size in relation to a human hand. Bob

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13 July, 2006:
Hi, my names Michael and I ran across your site and thought i might share a few pictures I took of my pet wolf spider. After looking through the pics on your site it appears no one keeps them as pets, hopefully its not looked down upon. But anyways, i attached a couple pics of while it was catching a dragon fly. Im not sure if its male of female but "it" is not that big, im assuming its young and just has some growing to do. It gets fed practically every day so im hoping it will grow fast. Thanks for your time, hopefully the pics are sufficient. Oh, and just fyi, the pics are very large.

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13 June, 2006:
Good Afternoon Glen- I am the "messenger" of the attached photos. They were taken by Ellen of Broken Arrow, OK, USA . Please let me know if they did not come through and I'll send another way....Thank you, Cathy

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26 August, 2005:
I found this wolf spider along the wall of our lunch room in Piscataway NJ. Thought it might look good on your site. He had about a 2 inch leg span. Luckily, he got camera shy and left before the lunch crowd showed up, or we would have heard a lot of screaming.

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23 August, 2003:
Here are a few photos i took when i was
trying to introduce a male rabid wolf spider to my female. it didn't go so well, and these are the photo to document the bad match. (sorry about sending so many photos, had a hard time picking.)
walt aikens

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Reply: Paul answers: The picture is of a Rabid Wolf Spider (Rabidosa rabida), but the spider you mention is most likely a type of Grass Spider (Family Agelenidae), which are harmless, and very common here in the states. They look similar to Rabid Wolf Spiders, but are very different. You mentioned you found spiders on its back? Well if this is true, it may be one of the rare species of Wolf Spiders in the  United States that DO build webs! I believe Florida, California, and Texas have one particular genus (Sosippus) which is actually a wolf spider that builds a funnel web. This spider is also harmless. Again, most wolf spiders DO NOT build webs, but a very select rare few do.
1 May, 2002:
I saw a spider about 1.5-2cm with baby spiders on its back. Is it venomous and what is its species name? I saw even a funnel web in a wall and when an insect was caught it went to it and took it in. What is its name?
 

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26 October, 2007:
I live in Havelock NC and I was at work one day and this spider came across my arm and down to my hand! I was wondering if you could help me out on the identity of it!
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Reply: You have a Geolycosa sp. "burrowing wolfspider." Quite harmless. Nathan
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Hello, I'm emailing you from Western Oklahoma. I'm not from here, but from the day I moved here I've wondered what kind of spider this is. I've never been able to find out, and can only guess. Quick guesses say possibly something in the "trapdoor" spider family, though it does not use a trapdoor. Just a hole with bits of leaf, twigs etc webed around the circumference of the burrow. They can quite large as you can see, and are very mean if provoked; you can actually hear their fangs grinding down on a stick or twig, and they do have very large fangs. Can't imagine how bad that would hurt! Anyway, I know you get mountain loads of emails but hopefully you can at least post this to your site to share with other enthusiasts, and possiby in time, give an idea as to what the species is.
P.S. The tiny one is the baby version of the big, pregnant adult female shown there.

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