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Old 08-07-2012, 11:08 AM
Location: Denver
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Found this big spider in my kid's toy bin. Can you tell me what it is? We live in Colorado so I know they can be found here.
Is this a brown recluse?-whatisit.jpg
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:04 PM
Location: California
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It looks like a Hobo Spider to me.

HoboSpider.com- Poisonous Hobo Spider and Brown Recluse Spider Information and Big H Spider Traps.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:39 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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No. Brown recluse have a larger abdomen than thorax, and also, Colorado is not within their natural range.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:15 AM
Location: Earth
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No. It looks like a Hobo Spider, like Beth suggested. Hobo spiders are more common in Colorado, although brown recluses have been seen in Colorado... I don't think it's as common to see them. Hobo spiders DO bite though and from what I've read, they're a little less than that of a brown recluse bite.

Brown recluses also do not populate areas that are commonly used. A toy bin (unless left for months) would more than likely not be a desired place for a recluse. They're reclusive after all... often opting for unused beds, closets, and shoes.

I'm from TN, but did a lot of extensive research of the Colorado area (due to a possible move.) We have brown recluses here and I have seen one of them hiding in my closet. We had an infested apartment. Needless to say... we moved out as quickly as possible! They're ugly little things.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:16 PM
Location: Denver
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Default Ugh

Okay, found another one! The kids toy bins are in our basement and my guess is the spiders are dropping into the toy bins and then can't crawl back out. This spider was trying his hardest to climb up the sides of the plastic bin and couldn't make it. Does this look like another hobo spider or just a harmless house spider?
Is this a brown recluse?-spider.jpg
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:01 PM
Location: Richardson, TX
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Brown recluse spider Look for the fiddle.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:52 PM
Location: Tulsa, OK
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I agree, it looks like a hobo spider.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:29 PM
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I assume this spider is good and DEAD!!!
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:49 PM
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nope recluse had the shape of a fiddle on the back side and they usually dont come out in the daytime and they like dark wet places such as pecan shells (how a friend of mine lost part of her hand ) gruesome story and too awful to tell here when you are finding spiders . and yes usually found in the south parts of the country from sc on down and also parts of texas and oklahoma .
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:59 PM
Location: Taxachusetts
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Wow, this thread sure has gotten me aggitated about the recluse spider! I never worried about spiders since we don't have Black Widows up here in New England, so I just keep an eye out for them and then squish 'em if I can. Last spider I squished was a Hobo and it was the first time I had ever seen one! (last year) Gave me quite the fright! I'm going to have to check out if recluses are up here in Mass. I sure hope not.
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