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It’s not just rattlesnakes that are poisionous at SBNM

August 7, 2011

If the idea of hiking in rattlesnake country gives you the willies, I’ve got something to add to your phobias.

Here’s what I spotted beside the path on a hike up Scotts Bluff National Monument today:

Is that a . . . ?

Yes. Yes it is.

The red hourglass is unmistakable. This is the first black widow spider I’ve seen since I lived in southern Illinois. This spider was pretty hefty, about the size of a quarter (sorry, wasn’t going to stick my finger in there for scale), so probably a female.

They’re shy spiders, so unless you’re sticking your hands into their (characteristically messy) webbing, you’re not gonna get bit. What I always hated back in Illinois was that these guys liked to spin webs across latrine seats to catch the flies. Not a good thing to sit down on.

It was a spidery day today. Here’s a big crab spider I found huddled on the pathway (he was about the size of a dime):

Don’t know if they’re poisonous to humans or not.

Copyright 2011 by Katie Bradshaw

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2011 2:38 pm

    No, crab spiders are not poisonous to humans.

  2. August 8, 2011 9:50 am

    Oh boy!

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