Spiders in Tennessee

Tennessee is home to about 40 to 50 spiders, of which the northern, southern, and false black widow, as well as the brown recluse, are the deadliest.

Common Spiders: Common House (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), Orchard Orb-weaver (Leucauge venusta), Tan Jumping (Platycryptus undatus), Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans)

Largest Spiders: Wolf (Lycosidae) and Fishing (Dolomedes) spiders

Spiders in Tennessee Identification Chart

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)



Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Nursery Web (Pisauridae)

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Wandering (Ctenidae)


Ground (Gnaphosidae)

Wolf (Lycosidae)

Crab (Thomisidae)