Picture ID 134241

Picture of unidentified spider

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Possible black widow?

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  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2021
  • Photographed: Feb 10, 2021
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Covington, Louisiana, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers),Ground layer (leaf litter, dirt, grass, etc),Under rock, log, or debris
  • Found in web?: No
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Yes, Latrodectus mactans, the Southern Black Widow, is the most like Black Widow species to be found in Louisiana. There are Brown Widows in the state also .https://bugguide.net/node/view/1999 They will only bite in self-defense to avoid being trapped or crushed. As long as skin isn’t pressed against them, they shouldn’t bite. Bites are actually very rare. There is an antivenom that can be administered if a bite does occur.