Unidentified

Picture ID 156454

Picture of unidentified spider

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What is this scary Australian bird eating thing!!?? Will it kill me when I sleep? I caught it and let it go outside in the bushes…. It was on the wall, just chilling about 3” across

  • Submitted by: 
    ScarySoCalSpider
  • Submitted: May 16, 2022
  • Photographed: May 16, 2022
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Fullerton , California, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
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SifuSnips856

Since you found this in CA, it’s probably not a brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa), but rather L. deserta, the Desert Recluse. They’re probably just as venomous.

LittleSlingLover

Based off the size and the appearance of how the legs are positioned, this should be a Huntsman Spider. Most likely Curicaberis sp. https://bugguide.net/node/view/1208430
These spiders are harmless.

SifuSnips856

By how the legs are positioned, do you mean how the tarsi are kinda flat to the wall instead of “tiptoed”?

LittleSlingLover

Yes like how the legs are turned kind of sideways. I can’t remember if there is a term for it.

TangledWeb

While looking it up I got distracted by this awesome video https://youtu.be/V4odlo0Afjs of the escape method of the Golden Wheel Spider, a Huntsman. In sand dune habitat it curls its legs and body into a sphere and rolls extremely fast down a dune.