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Texas Spider, Black, Hairy, Large. - Eucteniza relata

Texas Spider, Black, Hairy, Large. - Eucteniza relata
Texas, USA
Size: 2-4 inches
This is a large, hairy spider. There were 24 in our yard a couple of years ago. They are back today, we have seen six already. We see them after heavy rains, and mostly at night. They walk on top of the grass and are easily seen. We believe they live underground, but it is just a guess.

I know it isn't the best picture, but it is as close as I am going to get. LOL I need to know if they are dangerous, I have two small children.

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No North American Spiders are really dangerous...
Though Hobos, Widows and Recluses have bites that can cause great pain or even rare bite reactions, none of them are truly a threat to life. Even to children. Best thing to do is to teach children to leave them to their bug control duties.

If they are appearing after rains, they are probably a ground nesting species, like the Trapdoor Spider, mentioned by the earlier poster. Their burrows are getting waterlogged, and they probably prefer to come out at night since they are large and conspicuous. Even if their burrows are soggy, they are at greater risk of leaving them during the day. Many birds and other critters would love a big spider like that for a snack.

I understand that kids get their little hands into all sorts of places, but really there is no danger. Spiders are rare to bite, and would rather play dead or flee. Any free bug control is a good friend!

i feel stupid
not knowing what spider it is. it's not a dangerous animal. it's not a widow or recluse. first thing that comes to mind is a trapdoor spider but let someone w/ more knowledge give you a positive ID.

Thank you that does make me f
Thank you that does make me feel better !! I have no desire to harm them, just identify them.

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