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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: What spider?

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Shelly221
Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2005
5:46 PM

Post #1534248

Any ideas?

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Amaryllisgal
High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 9, 2005
6:00 PM

Post #1534279

I did a search for spiders in Colorado and came across this:

Dysdera crocata (Wood Louse Hunter)
This hairless spider is perhaps best marked by its large fangs which it uses to feed on pillbugs (roly-polies) and other hard-bodied prey. When full grown they are about .5 inch in length. Dysdera have a generally creamy gray body with distinctly reddish legs and cephalothorax. They live in a silk retreat and hunt at night. Their bite can be painful but they are not aggressive. Their venom is not known to cause medical problems.

The photo is not very large, but the spider looks similar to yours.

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Amaryllisgal
High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 9, 2005
6:15 PM

Post #1534310

Okay, found a better picture of D. crocata on another site:

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Shelly221
Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2005
6:30 PM

Post #1534350

Oooh thats it! Thank you so much! LOL it did have BIG fangs!
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

June 9, 2005
7:34 PM

Post #1534497

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2061.html
http://www.brown-recluse.com/
Shelly221
Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2005
8:03 PM

Post #1534557

Oh gosh Ulrich! Yikes! I was worried about that at 1st, but that was the 1st spider I looked up. This one that was here, its legs were not near as long. Thank you for the links!
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

June 10, 2005
2:53 AM

Post #1535517

That is a relief!
Glad to hear it.

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