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Orange Legged Spider - Trachelas

Orange Legged Spider - Trachelas
Wantagh, Nassau, Long Island County, New York, USA
October 9, 2009
Size: ~.75 inch
I found this one in my closet, I think it is a Callobius bennetti, what do you guys think?

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Is it harmful?
I found 2 (on different occasions)in my living room. They blend in with my carpet. The ones I found, the legs were almost a fire red though. Other than that they looked exactly like this one. I have a 3 year old son very interested in any type of bugs! (Hope he grows up to be an entomoligst!) He isn't afraid of them and I just wanted to know if they are dangerous.

This species
is not dangerous. Teaching your son respect for animals with a lesson including not to grab spiders/bugs since that might harm them would be my advice. If you teach him to look but not touch he should be fine. I have a daughter that wanted to catch every snake, lizard and bug. We had a deal that she could catch anything we had identified and learned appropriate handling for. Anything that can bite (includes spiders) we handled appropriately so that neither of us could get bit. Even if a spider's bite is not dangerous it still may be painful, maybe like a bee sting?

I really appreciate your insite and suggestions! I am a young mother and bugs freak me out a bit lol! He knows he is not to touch them because they might bite. We do handle things such as lady bugs, lighting bugs, and others I am sure do not bite. Again, Thanks so much!!

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Corinnidae family?
Until an expert can get to this, you might want to check out the Trachelas genus in the Corinnidae family of 'ground sac spiders' (and also ant mimics). That's what I think your female might be. Although I can't be sure, I think maybe she is the pacificus species. There is a very convincing photo here in the top left corner. Here is also a link to the BugGuide page...Genus Trachelas. Hope that helps.

I agree
genus Trachelas.