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Need help identifying large spider

Hello. We have a home in north Georgia. We were digging in our back yard
and found a large black spider. It is about 1.5-2 inches in length (not
counting the legs). The main body is a hard shell with short legs. It has
a large backside (butt) that looks very smooth but could possibly have very
short hair on it. The spider has fangs and used them on a stick we put in front of it. It looks VERY similar to a female mouse spider but with shorter
stockier legs. Obviously it isn't a mouse spider because they are in Australia. Any ideas?

You figured it out!!
It was the purseweb spider! We had never seen anything like it before.
Thanks to all of you who wrote in with your opinions!

more possibilities
of course Chuck may be right but you mentioned that it had short legs and looked like a mouse spider with large fangs...
purseweb spider perhaps?

maybe a gnaphosid??
hope that was of any help

You're right
The short legs make Black Widows unlikely.

How about some kind of Trapdoor Spider?

here (my guess) and
here (another link to basically the same place)

"Large black spider" immediately suggests the possibility of an adult female Black Widow- probably Latrodectus mactans, the Southern Black Widow. If there's a red hourglass on the underside, that's your spider. Its bite can be very harmful, even deadly, but you're not likely to get bitten unless you're actually handling the spider- they'd much rather run and hide.

There's also a much less dangerous relative, the False Black Widow,Steatoda grossa, which has no hourglass.

There may also be other possibilities that more knowledgable folks here could suggest.

Last time I checked, black widows were not subterranean, and certainly don't match in any way the description given. I don't mean to pick on anyone, but we really shouldn't needlessly alarm anyone who comes to us asking for identifications and information. For what it is worth, I would concur that the spider is either a trapdoor spider or a purseweb spider, as both are large and live in burrows.

harmless mistakes
i am sure that it was not Chuck's intention to alarm or to scare anybody away. of course i do not mean to speak on behalf on Chuck.
but there was no harm done,
we will wait until the creator of the post tell's us what they think

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