Spiders in Texas

The state of Texas has more than 80 species distributed evenly throughout the northern and southern parts, with the black widow and brown recluse being the deadliest of the lot.

Spiders in Texas Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Texas

Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia)Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis)Common House (Parasteatoda tepidariorum)
Brown Widow (Latrodectus geometricus)Texas Recluse (Loxosceles devia)Gray Wall Jumper (Menemerus bivittatus)
Long-bodied Cellar (Pholcus phalangioides)

Largest Spiders in Texas

Giant Lichen Orb-weaver (Araneus bicentenarius)Giant Crab (Olios giganteus)Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis)

Smallest Spider in Texas

American Grass (Agelenopsis potteri)

Highly Venomous Spiders

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Southern Black Widow Size Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans) - Did you know there's a spider called the southern black widow? It's mostly found in North America. It has family members like the western black widow and northern black widow, and they look a bit alike.… Continue Reading >

Western Black Widow Spider Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus) - Have you ever heard about the Western Black Widow spider? It's a special spider found mostly in the western areas of North America. They are closely related to the northern black widow.… Continue Reading >

Female Brown Widow Spider Brown Widow (Latrodectus geometricus) - The Brown Widow Spider is a cool spider that belongs to the cobweb spiders family. Some people know more about its cousin, the Black Widow, but the Brown Widow has its own interesting story.… Continue Reading >


Brown Recluse Image Brown Recluse Spider (Loxosceles reclusa) - The brown recluse spider is a special spider found mostly in the central and southern parts of the U.S. It's part of a small group of spiders in North America known for having strong venom, along with the Chilean recluse and black widow.… Continue Reading >

Texas Recluse Spider Texas Recluse (Loxosceles devia) - The recluse spider is a special kind from the Sicariidae family. Guess where it lives? In places like Texas in the United States and also in Mexico!… Continue Reading >

Less Venomous Spiders

Orb-weaver (Araneidae)

Furrow Spider Size Furrow (Larinioides cornutus) - Did you know there's a spider called the Furrow spider? It belongs to the orb-weaver family. You can find them in places like North Africa, Europe, parts of Asia, and even in North and South America!… Continue Reading >

Star Bellied Orb Weaver Spider Starbellied Orb-weaver (Acanthepeira stellata) - The Starbellied orb-weaver is a special spider from the Araneidae family. You can often see it in places like Mexico and Canada, especially between late spring and early fall.… Continue Reading >

Giant Lichen Orbweaver Spider Giant Lichen Orb Weaver (Araneus bicentenarius) - Discover the world of the Giant Lichen Orb Weaver, a spider native to areas in the United States and Canada. Known for their impressive size, these spiders are fascinating creatures.… Continue Reading >

Spotted Orb Weaver Spider Spotted Orb Weaver (Neoscona crucifera) - The spotted orb weaver is a tiny spider that lives in places like Florida, Maine, Arizona, and Minnesota. Part of the orb weavers family, they usually roam at night.… Continue Reading >

Leucauge Argyrobapta Mabel’s Orchard Orb Weaver Spider (Leucauge argyrobapta) - The Mabel’s Orchard Orb Weaver Spider is a kind of long-jawed orb weaver. Fun fact: Charles Darwin found this spider in Brazil in 1832. It's the first of its kind to be known among orb weavers.… Continue Reading >

Arabesque Orb Weaver Spider Arabesque Orb-weaver (Neoscona arabesca) - The Arabesque orb-weaver is a fascinating spider from the Araneidae family. Common in North America, this orb-weaving spider isn't limited to just one continent.… Continue Reading >

Western Spotted Orbweaver Western Spotted Orbweaver Spider (Neoscona oaxacensis) - Discover the world of the western spotted orb weaver spider! This fascinating creature belongs to the orb weaver spiders family and calls the Americas its home.… Continue Reading >

Golden Silk Orb-Weaver Spider Golden Silk Orb-Weaver (Nephila) - Have you ever seen a spider's web that shines like gold? Meet the Golden Silk Orb-Weaver! With 23 different types living around the world, they're known for their special golden webs.… Continue Reading >

Tropical Orb Weaver Spider Tropical Orb-weaver (Eriophora ravilla) - The tropical orb-weaver is a fascinating spider from the Eriophora genus, part of the Araneidae family. You'll often find it in many areas of the United States.… Continue Reading >

Banded Garden Spider Banded Garden (Argiope trifasciata) - The banded garden spider is a common spider with two types: Argiope trifasciata deserticola and Argiope trifasciata kauaiensis. They prefer warm places and usually aren't around in cold winters because they don't like the chill.… Continue Reading >

Yellow Garden Spider Images Yellow Garden (Argiope aurantia) - Imagine a spider with bright yellow and black colors, weaving an amazing web in the garden. That's the Yellow Garden Spider for you! They're super peaceful and really good at making fancy webs.… Continue Reading >

Silver Garden Spider Silver Garden (Argiope argentata) - The silver garden spider, shimmering with a unique silvery glow on its carapace, hails from places like Central and South America, as well as parts of the U.S. and the Caribbean Island.… Continue Reading >

Arrow-Shaped Micrathena Arrow-shaped Micrathena (Micrathena sagittata) - The Arrow-shaped micrathena spider has a unique arrow-shaped tummy, which is why it's named that way! This spider is part of the orb-weaver family and lives mainly in the eastern United States and Central America.… Continue Reading >

  • Eriophora edax
  • Hypsosinga rubens
  • Metazygia zilloides
  • Hump-backed Orb-weaver (Eustala anastera)

Jumping (Salticidae)

Twin Flagged Jumping - Anasaitis canosa Twin Flagged Jumping Spider (Anasaitis canosa) - Dive into the world of spiders and you'll notice the Twin Flagged Jumping Spider. It's known scientifically as Anasaitis canosa and is famous for its unique look and quick moves.… Continue Reading >

Magnolia Green Jumping Spider Picture Magnolia Green Jumper (Lyssomanes viridis) - There's a cool kind of spider called the jumping spider that lives in many parts of the United States. They have an amazing way of moving around! Ready to find out more?… Continue Reading >

Dimorphic Jumping Spider Female Dimorphic Jumping (Maevia inclemens) - The Dimorphic Jumping Spider is a bright creature from North America. "Dimorphic" means having two forms. What's special about these spiders?… Continue Reading >

Gray Wall Jumping Spider Gray Wall Jumping (Menemerus bivittatus) - Did you know there's a spider called the Gray wall jumper? It belongs to the Salticidae family and is found in warm tropical places in both the north and south.… Continue Reading >

Bold Jumping Spider Picture Bold Jumping (Phidippus audax) - Bold jumping spiders are super cool members of the Salticidae spider family. They get attention for their amazing jumps and colorful looks. Instead of using webs to catch food, they like to sneak up on bugs and jump on them!… Continue Reading >

Cardinal Jumping Spider Cardinal Jumping (Phidippus cardinalis) - The Cardinal Jumping spider, also known as Cardinal Jumper, is from the Salticidae spider family. Found in various regions of North America, these tiny creatures have unique traits.… Continue Reading >

Male Tan Jumping Spider Tan Jumping (Platycryptus undatus) - Tan jumping spiders are super interesting! They hop around and belong to the jumping spider family. You can find them in places like North and Central America.… Continue Reading >

Image of Red House Spider Red House (Nesticodes rufipes) - Have you ever spotted a red spider in your home? It might be the red house spider! They're often found chilling in cool spots or near doorframes. And yes, they're really red!… Continue Reading >

Phidippus Arizonensis Phidippus arizonensis - Did you know there's a jumping spider called Phidippus arizonensis? Funny enough, it doesn't call Arizona home! It lives in different parts of North America.… Continue Reading >

Phidippus Mystaceus Spider Phidippus mystaceus - The Phidippus mystaceus is a unique type of jumping spider. If you look closely, you might spot them hopping around in some areas of North America.… Continue Reading >

  • Sylvana Jumping (Colonus sylvanus)
  • Hentz Jumping (Hentzia palmarum)
  • Araneus pegnia
  • Bagheera prosper
  • Eustala cepina
  • Metacyrba taeniola
  • Pantropical Jumper (Plexippus paykulli)

Spitting (Scytodidae)

  • Scytodes lugubris
  • Scytodes thoracica
  • Scytodes univittata

Cobweb (Theridiidae)

Common House Spider Size Common House (Parasteatoda tepidariorum) - Guess what? The American house spider is a popular spider many people meet! Even though its name says "American," it's also found in places like Pakistan and Myanmar.… Continue Reading >

  • Asagena fulva

Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae)


Red Stripe Spider Red Stripe Spider (Castianeira crocata) - Meet the red stripe spider! This little crawler is part of the Corinnidae spiders family and loves living in some areas of North America. We've gathered some fun facts about this striped wonder for you to explore.… Continue Reading >

Ground (Gnaphosidae)

  • Cesonia bilineata
  • Sergiolus capulatus

Cellar (Pholcidae)

  • Tailed Daddy Long-legged (Crossopriza lyoni)

Long Bodied Cellar Spider Long Bodied Cellar (Pholcus phalangioides) - The long-bodied cellar spiders are quite interesting! Often seen in America's dark and damp spots, they have really long legs. This is why some folks call them daddy-long-legs.… Continue Reading >

Wolf (Lycosidae)

South Carolina Wolf Spider Carolina Wolf (Hogna carolinensis) - The Carolina Wolf Spider, native to America, is just one of the many wolf spider species globally. Known for being quick hunters, they prefer the chase over waiting on webs. You'll often spot these speedy spiders during midsummer nights, particularly around June.… Continue Reading >

Hogna Antelucana Hogna antelucana - The Hogna antelucana is a special kind of wolf spider found in the USA. People first noticed this spider in Austin, Texas. Like other wolf spiders, it has some cool looks and interesting ways of doing things.… Continue Reading >

Hogna coloradensis Hogna coloradensis - The Hogna coloradensis, or the Colorado wolf spider, is a special spider that lives in North America's desert areas. It has a cool look and is really good at living in dry places.… Continue Reading >

Tigrosa Georgicola Spider Tigrosa Georgicola - The Tigrosa georgicola is a kind of spider that lives in the southeastern parts of the United States. It's part of the Lycosidae spider family.… Continue Reading >

  • Tigrosa grandis
  • Tigrosa helluo
  • Trochosa sepulchralis
  • Varacosa avara
  • Geolycosa missouriensis
  • Geolycosa rafaelana
  • Gladicosa gulosa
  • Sosippus texanus
  • Tigrosa annexa
  • Hogna baltimoriana

Anyphaenidae Sac (Anyphaenidae)

  • Hibana velox

Crevice Weaver (Filistatidae)

Southern House Spider Size Southern House (Kukulcania hibernalis) - The Southern House Spider lives in many parts of America, from the north to the south. It's quite a big spider! Interestingly, people often confuse the male Southern House Spider with another spider called the brown recluse because they look a lot alike.… Continue Reading >


  • Hacklemesh Weaver (Metaltella simoni)


  • Myrmekiaphila comstocki


  • Filmy Dome (Neriene radiate)

Crab (Thomisidae)

  • Giant Crab (Olios giganteus)
  • Tmarus angulatus

Lynx (Oxyopidae)

The Green Lynx Spider Green Lynx (Peucetia viridans) - The Green Lynx is a big, bright green spider that lives in some areas of the Americas. Sometimes people mix it up with other similar-looking spiders from Africa and India such as Peucetia.… Continue Reading >

Prowling (Miturgidae)

  • Zora pumila