What is the difference between a dark fishing spider and a wolf spider?
Fishing spiders will often be brown and gray with banded patterns on their legs. Wolf spiders are usually light brown, dark brown, gray, or tan, and they frequently have a stripe running down their backs in a lighter or darker color. Wolf spiders may also have additional patterns on its body and legs.
How big can a dark fishing spider get?
The large female has a body (cephalothorax and abdomen) that reaches about 1” long. When outstretched legs are included in the measurements, the animal can measure over 3” long. Males are about half this size.
Can fishing spiders bite you?
Fishing spiders mostly hide from humans and other predators, particularly when indoors. However, they may bite if they become trapped against your skin by clothing or shoes. Though this is rarely more severe than a mild bee sting, those who are sensitive to venom may have a stronger allergic reaction.