Spiders in Nevada

Nevada’s arid areas and long stretches of mountainous terrain make it a suitable habitat for many venomous and non-venomous spiders. They are mostly distributed throughout, though most of them are found in northern Nevada. Most of them native to this state render no harm to humans, a few of them existing here are potentially dangerous. The hobo spider was commonly found in Nevada’s Las Vegas, though at present, its numbers here have depleted. The camel spider, not a spider, though, but a part of the Arachnida class thrives in the desert areas of Nevada.

The harmful spiders indigenous to the state include the desert tarantula, wolf, and the western black widow.

Common spiders: Brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa), Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes)

Largest spider: Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes)

Spiders in Nevada Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders

Tarantula (Theraphosidae)

  • Western Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes)

Cobweb (Theridiidae)


Wolf (Lycosidae)

Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-Weaver ( Araneidae)

Woodlouse Hunter (Dysderidae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Huntsman (Sparassidae)

  • Giant Crab (Olios giganteus)

Spitting (Scytodidae)

  • Scytodes lugubris

Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae)