Please help me, is this spider poisonous? It was bigger than a quarter including legs. Worried for my kids and pets. Thank you all very much!
Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 This looks like a male Hacklemesh Weaver (Amaurobiidae), Amaurobius ferox (Black Lace-weaver) is common and similar. It would help to see more of the abdomen to be certain if it is that or something else similar. Like most spiders they have venom but are unlikely to bite except in self defense and are not considered to be of medical significance. Everyone’s immune system is different though. https://bugguide.net/node/view/496781/bgimage
Hi! After reviewing the below pics I believe ur 100% right in ur identification of a Black Lace Weaver. He’s identical to some of those. I still haven’t slept in bed since he moved in, I fear it’ll crawl up the covers and I might crush accidently crush him while asleep and get bit. It was BIG with big bulges on its fangs Thank u very much for the ID! Disassembled the bed today looking for him but can’t find him, still on the couch for a bit, lol! Great website, I always get big spiders here in the spring… Read more »
You’re welcome! The bulges near the fangs are appendages called pedipalps, the tips are enlarged on penultimate and mature male spiders. He’s likely wandering in search of a mate, hopefully he’s moved on now.