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Spider - Trapdoor Spider



Black. About 5/8 inches long.


Front yard.

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Trapdoor spider

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JohnStrickland 9 years ago

These are very neat spiders. They burrow into the dirt, and they make a finger like web in the soil with a hinged top on it. They lay out trip wires of web around the entrance to be alerted when prey approaches. I was treasure hunting once and was digging up a possible find, but I dug up what looked to be the finger of a leather glove. One end of it seemed to open, and I almost had a heart attack when I saw the spider inside. The one in your picture is a male. The trapdoor spider I caught was female, and she was around 2" long. Great find. These spiders probably have the largest fangs of the Arachnid family in the USA.

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Maryland, USA

Spotted on Jul 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 13, 2012

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