Dysdera crocata
(Woodlouse Hunter)

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Picture of Dysdera crocata (Woodlouse Hunter) - Dorsal,Webs,In Retreat

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I was cleaning the back yard where a pond once was and moved a rock. I found this little guy and was curious as to what kind of spider he/she might be. After looking at so many spiders I came across this site and thought you could help me id this guy. My guess is a woodlouse spider, dysdera crocata. Any help is appreciated.
Thanks Rosiecat

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TangledWeb

Hi, you got the ID! Dysdera crocata has weird-looking legs when it is on its back.

TangledWeb

Good question, looking again I think it isn’t on its back. It looks like it is in a defensive posture with its legs pulled up and bent to cover its body, especially the cephalothorax. The third legs are in the normal downward position. Thanks for not squishing 🙂 I’m getting accustomed to people thinking I’m weird for my photography subject matter. It’s hard to find anyone I know who wants to see my photos.

TangledWeb

I totally agree. My husband and I just had the same conversation. We were talking about how in some science fiction prisoners of the protagonist are never killed, a better solution can always be found. We’re anti- death penalty, more killing doesn’t make life better. The basic consensus of this site is that other animals should only be killed if there isn’t a more humane option and if there is an immediate true health threat to people.

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