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Common Texas Spiders [QUIZ]

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Spiders are usually considered harmless, with a tendency to bite only when they feel threatened. If bitten try to capture the spider safely. Proper identification of the spider will help determine first aid requirements. Although serious injury or deaths are rare due to spider bites, being bit can produce symptoms similar to having the flu. Here is a quiz on common spiders in Texas.

1. This spider is venomous and its body is brown with chevron markings, which are lines or stipes in the shape of a “V”. If bitten by this spider expect to see a blister within 24 hours. The blister will break open with an oozing ulceration which easily becomes infected.
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2. This black or dark brown spider is a fast runner. What is most noticeable about its head is the elongated fangs which protrude out causing a painfully venomous bite. The males tend to have a red head and are most often seen outside of its burrows after it has rained.
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3. A highly venomous species, usually brown or black, has thin legs that are typically twice as long as their bodies. Their shape resembles a violin. Spiders typically have eight eyes, this one only has six. A bite from this spider can cause tissue loss or necrosis, which is the death of cells in an organ.
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4. Noticeably hairy and larger than most spiders, this nonvenomous species is most often kept as a pet. An allergic reaction to a bite would be the only potential danger.
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5. Considered beneficial in gardens, this spider will weave a large intricate circular web between shrubs or bushes to trap insects or pests. Very seldom and if provoked, their bite is considered harmless. They are known for their various colorful bodies and round abdomens.
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6. An invasive species to Texas, thought to have been brought with cargo shipments. Nicknamed, “crab spider” because of its legged similarities to a crab this spider does not spin a web. To catch its prey, it uses another technique.
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7. This spider is considered the most venomous in North America but rarely causes death. It can be easily identified by its red hourglass shape on its round plump underbelly. The color on the females can be shiny black or dark brown and males tend to be lighter colored.
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8. Often found in homes, the male can be misidentified as a brown recluse, the difference is that this spider has eight eyes and a more slender body. The female version is larger and resembles a tarantula. A bite is considered harmless, however there have been a couple of recent cases where there was pain and swelling.
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9. Another common house spider, considered a venomous painful bite but not lethal. This spider also resembles a brown recluse, having more hair and distinct patterns on it back makes it more distinguishable. The female carries its young on their backs. They are fast runners and are ground dwellers.
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10. Having the ability to leap an inordinate distance, this spider is also known for its excellent eyesight. Mostly black and white, the males are smaller with a black stripe down the back, the females have stripes down the sides. Their bite is nonvenomous and considered harmless to humans.
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