Spiders in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has several varieties of spider species inhabiting different areas belonging to families like orb-weaver, jumping and nursery web. Though most of the species native to this state is non-venomous, the brown recluse and black widow, occasionally found here fall under the category of poisonous spiders.

Common spiders: Banded Garden (Argiope trifasciata), Cross Orb-Weaver (Araneus diadematus)

Largest spider: Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis)

Spiders in Rhode Island Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders


Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

  • Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis)

Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

  • Banded Garden (Argiope trifasciata)
  • Cross Orb-Weaver (Araneus diadematus)
  • Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia)
  • Cave Orb-Weaver (Meta menardi)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Huntsman (Sparassidae)