Just saw this guy this afternoon. It's probably .5-.7 in. long with a furry exterior. Backside is reddish-rust in color as you can see from the picture. I checked, and it definitely isn't a black widow from other photos I've seen. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Ummmm - They are capable of biting, but the bite is not dangerous to humans...
Of course, it is possible for a jumping spider to bite, but have you ever heard of a case where one bit a human?
What do you think the spider is?
I have "tamed" jumping spiders by feeding them when I feed my other animals. Very smart little beasts.
From https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090502134855AAE5Hwx -
"These big Phidippus are pretty inoffensive as a rule - I got bit by an audax once and had my thumb swell up some, but that's more a measure of my allergy than of the general "venomosity" of the spider. Most people would have less reaction to it than to a wasp sting."
From http://www.ask.com/wiki/Phidippus_johnsoni -
"When threatened, the redbacked jumping spider can inflict a painful bite in self-defense, but with no serious medical consequences."