Spiders in Florida

The state of Florida houses about 60 spider species distributed throughout the northern, southern, and central parts of Florida, of which the most dangerous ones are the widow and recluse.

The two-striped jumping spider (Telamonia dimidiate) was rumored to be a deadly species, dwelling in Northern Florida, mostly under toilet seats, claiming the lives of people. However, later, it was said that this was nothing more than a piece of hoax news.

Common spiders: Spiny-backed Orb-weaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis), Banded Garden (Argiope trifasciata)

Largest spiders: Golden Silk Orb-weaver (Nephila clavipes), Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia), and those of the Wolf (Lycosidae) family

Spiders in Florida Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)


Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)



  • Cithaeron praedonius

Wandering (Ctenidae)

  • Tropical Wolf (Ctenus captiosus)

Lynx (Oxyopidae)

  • Hamataliwa grisea

 Ground (Gnaphosidae)

Anyphaenidae Sac

  • Hibana velox

Wolf (Lycosidae)

Crevice Weaver (Filistatidae)

Long-Jawed Orb-weaver

  • Leucauge argyra
  • Lupettiana mordax


  • Hacklemesh Weaver (Metaltella simoni)

Running Crab (Philodromidae)

  • Philodromus floridensis

Spitting (Scytodidae)

  • Brown Spitting (Scytodes fusca)
  • Scytodes longipes

Cobweb (Theridiidae)