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Wolf Spider (Hogna carolinensis)

wolf spider

Wolf spider burrow with turret (below)

DESCRIPTION: Length up to 1". Color is variable from dark brown to light gray. Wolf Spiders have a light, peach-colored stripe down their cephalothorax (combined head and thorax).
NATURAL HISTORY: This spider may be found crawling on the floor (it is not a climber) in homes, but is not dangerous to people. In fact, they eat insects and other arthropods that may be a pest in the home. They are nocturnal hunters; use a headlamp or flashlight held close to your head to see the eyeshine of Wolf Spiders at night (you might be surprised how many there are out there). Wolf Spiders build a turret of sticks and silk over their burrows (see picture at left), unlike tarantulas that have nothing over their burrow.

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