Spiders in South Carolina

South Carolina has many species of spiders belonging to different families of which the black and widow and the brown recluse are the only harmful species. The Giant Carolina Wolf spider is the largest species and also South Carolina’s state spider as declared officially in 2000. The Golden Silk Orb-weaver is one among the exotic species presently dwelling in South Carolina’s national park.

In the summer of 2018, there was news of a new deadly spider thriving in South Carolina. There were claims of this spider to take the lives of five people in the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, and West Virginia. However, further reports negated this fact, saying that it was merely a rumor.

Common spiders: Hentz Orb-weaver (Neoscona crucifera), Orchard Orb-weaver (Leucauge venusta), Bold Jumper (Phidippus audax), Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis)

Largest spiders: Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis), Golden Silk Orb-weaver (Nephila genus)

Spiders in South Carolina Identification Chart

Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)


Non-Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Jumping (Salticidae)


Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

  • Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis)


  • Hacklemesh Weaver (Metaltella simoni)

Lynx (Oxyopidae)