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wolf-spider

Wolf Spider

 

The Wolf Spider is very appropriately named. It is usually gray or brown and is known for being very hairy. They are usually ½ inch to 2 inches in length. While their appearance may upset people and cause anxiety, it is important to bear in mind that their bites are not poisonous and rarely cause adverse effects in humans. They are not aggressive and will only bite when provoked or threatened.  They are most often found in our homes in the fall when the spider is seeking a warm refuge from the winter.

 

Something interesting that sets the Wolf Spider apart from other spider species is the way they care for their young. The female Wolf Spider will carry their egg sacs on their spinnerets. After the eggs hatch, they remain with their mother for a whole month before finally dispersing. They also don’t hunt with webs. They actually chase their prey down and are very quick on their feet. Its because of this, and of course their unique appearance, that they are so often spotted by humans.

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