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Brown recluse spider

Loxosceles reclusa


Brown recluse spiders are usually between 1⁄4 in and 3⁄4 in, but may grow larger. While typically light to medium brown, they range in color from cream-colored to dark brown or blackish gray. The cephalothorax and abdomen may not necessarily be the same color. These spiders usually have markings on the dorsal side of their cephalothorax, with a black line coming from it that looks like a violin with the neck of the violin pointing to the rear of the spider, resulting in the nicknames fiddleback spider, brown fiddler or violin spider. The brown recluse bears a potentially deadly hemotoxic venom. However , it has a rather shy and nonaggressive behavior, although occasionally it will bite humans because they share the same habitat


This spider lives in dark corners and places inside the houses, and also under the furniture, boxes and books.


This small brown recluse spider has been living in our bathroom for months but having ID'd him I think now might be a good time to evict him!

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ellysse 12 years ago

So i guess they aren't as bad as jumping spiders ? anyways more power to you Karen cause i know i still have a fear of arachnids.

KarenL 12 years ago

Tracy, that sounds nasty!

ellysse, I wouldn't worry too much as they are non-aggressive. I've removed about a dozen that have been in our bathroom for months (they hang out in the gap under the baseboards!) & have had no problems, but I thought I had better err on the safe side!

ellysse 12 years ago

ok thanks for the info. because i know these spiders are most common to Tennessee.

TracyL 12 years ago

if these spiders bit you you most likely wont die i dont know about animals if they will die but if you do get bit your skin will get very infected and your skin will turn black and you will have to get a doctor to cut that spot out of you, my boyfriend got bit by one years ago.

KarenL 12 years ago

From wiki - The brown recluse bears a potentially deadly hemotoxic venom. Most bites are minor with no necrosis. However, a small number of clinically-diagnosed brown recluse bites do produce severe dermonecrotic lesions.

KarenL 12 years ago

The first couple did get evicted but I have to confess the last few have been vacuumed up. :( I hate to do it but I'm worried my cats will get bitten because they chase any critters that find their way into the house.

ellysse 12 years ago

For sure. do you know if the bite is deadly?

DanaZarzycki 12 years ago

Good call on the eviction notice. Their bites can be quite nasty.

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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Sep 5, 2011
Submitted on Sep 5, 2011

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