What is this spider?

Asked March 21, 2017, 10:41 PM EDT

Im a science teacher and i already found a black widow roaming in our school and then i found this one in the school hallway today. I tried taking clearer pictures but the jar its in is plastic and my camera couldnt stop blurring it out. I talked to other teachers and some are saying it's a brown recluse or a baby tarantula. I tried classifying it myself but don't know for sure. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Nueces County Texas

3 Responses

Hello,

From what I can tell from the images you may have a wolf spider - they are scary looking but not as bad as a brown recluse or black widow.

Check out this fact sheet from Dr. Mike Merchant about wold spiders.
http://citybugs.tamu.edu/2014/07/08/never-more-than-5-feet-from-a-wolf-spider/

You can also use this website as a resource to see good images of spiders.
http://www.spiders.us/species/filter/texas/

Finally, you can always take the captured insects to the our AgriLife Extension county office at 710 E Main Ave Ste 1, Robstown, TX 78380-3148 or since you are close to our Corpus Christi Research & Extension Center
10345 State Hwy. 44, Corpus Christi, TX 78406 Phone: (361) 265-9201 we have experts there that can help.

Just looked at pictures of the Wolf spider and it looks exactly like it, thank you so much for your informative response!

You are most welcome and they are scary looking. They can bite, but typically its not poisonous. They do eat other spiders best way to keep them away - vacuum. Have a great day.