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Is this spider poisonous?

I have found a spider that appears to be an orb weaver verrucosa arenata, but I cannot confirm this. Its body color does not match that of any description I can find for these spiders. My spider has a black body, a white arrowhead shape on its back with white spots, and yellow markings on its abdomen. The spider was found in the Southeast United States. Can someone tell me what kind of spider this is and is it poisonous?

The spider is poisonous, BUT the venom is not strong enough to harm you, that is unless you are a small insect. Only a few spiders in the United States are dangerous to humans, like the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse.

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