Dark Fishing Spider. Found in old cooler in walk in closet. Huge! Hairy! Packing! Moving!
Yes, Dark Fishing Spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus. Filed. Welcome to Spider ID. 🙂
Are they poisonous?
Hi. No, spiders are not poisonous but they are venomous like ants and bees. Their venom is not geared to larger animals they don’t prey on so with most they are not medically significant. Everybody handles venomous bites and stings differently, so can’t predict how you may react. These big spiders are quick and will run from you before biting. I used to make challenge of catching them by hand and never bitten, my brother just grabs them, and got a bite, said it felt like a bee sting, and that was all. So these can bite if trapped against… Read more »
Thank you so much for the info! My son wants to keep him…..but NO! I almost had a heart attack when I saw that! I don’t mind snakes, lizards, frogs,etc….my 1 fear is spiders! LOL!
Really surprising how many people overcome fear of spiders learning how to keep them,read about them,and get to know them. My mom had a thing about spiders, not happy with some of my pets when I was 7, no way would she handle them.
The weird thing is….I don’t have a problem with tarantulas! I can’t explain it! Maybe because they don’t move as fast? I don’t know! LOL!
Makes sense, these can be quick if spooked, but you get one on your hand, they become gentle giants. What catching them is like: (this is more the semi aquatic sort)
Wow! Brave! My son did find a web in the cooler. We couldn’t see it because it was so fine. But it sounds a web about 1/4 inch above the bottom of the cooler. And it was tough! He couldn’t break it with a piece of paper he was using to coax the spider out when he realeaed it!
These are active hunters and don’t use web, sort of sit and wait ambush. They do make webs where they hide or keep their eggs and offspring, hence the name nursery web spider.