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Old 05-22-2008, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I was taking a hike on a nature trail, and I came about (3) of these huge spiders. I have never seen anything like this before. Does anyone know what these are, and if they are dangerous? I ran into one of the webs, and they are really strong material (sort of freaked me out).
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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EWWWWWWWWWWWW sorry but spiders are not my favorite animals. I was bitten once and it put me in the ER.
EVERY spider is poisenous no matter what kind of spider it is and if you are allergic to the venom you are in trouble.
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Default itsy bitsy spider

This spider had a body the size of a nickel. Never seen a spider so substantial before...and it moved really fast!
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:47 PM
 
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I don't know what kind of spider it is, but let me correct Chrispirit a bit: every spider does have venom, but many spiders have jaws so small that they can't penetrate human skin. The "daddy longlegs" is an example. But its a good idea to know your spiders, so I am interested also in whether someone knows about this one.
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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That big old body probably holds a lot of mosquitoes... that's good.

Looks a little like this one:
Western Spotted Orbweaver Female 6 June 2007 Dripping Springs TX* J Cates

or maybe you can identify it here:
Texas Spiders
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Looks sort of like this spider.
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh--Home of the 6 time Super Bowl Champions!
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EWWWWWWWWWWWW sorry but spiders are not my favorite animals. I was bitten once and it put me in the ER.
EVERY spider is poisenous no matter what kind of spider it is and if you are allergic to the venom you are in trouble.
This is incorrect information! Not every spider is poisonous! You shouldn't misinform the public like that.
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:31 PM
 
Location: South Georgia
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In Georgia they call them Banana Spiders....I haven't seen them here yet (I moved here in Oct.) and I stopped going on the trails in April as everyone here said to watch out for these yucky spiders with the BIG webs. They said they are everywhere in the woods. I am moving to Austin in July (I have a traveling medical job) and am VERY EXCITED to know they are there too, NOT!
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:19 PM
 
Location: NW Austin
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They be able to help you here : What's That Bug?
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Old 05-23-2008, 06:53 AM
 
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I don't know what possessed me to open this before having coffee, but I am totally creeped out now!
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