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Most Common Spiders in Florida (65 Pictures)

The most commonly found spiders are Brown Recluse, House Spider, Jumping Spider, American House Spider, Southern House Spider, Crab Spider, Daddy Long Legs, Gold Silk Spider, Yellow Sac, Brown Widow, and Black Widow.

A tiny weeny creature that can cause a big fuss when around humans is a Spider. If you think your place is free from spiders, then you are wrong. You may find any of these common spiders somewhere in any nook or corners. See facts page.

Here are a few images of each species:

Brown Recluse

Color: Light to Dark brown

The Loxosceles reclusa is one of the most common spiders that can be found across Florida. You can identify this creature with their eyes. They have an exceptional pair of 3 i.e., 6legs while others generally have 4 pairs. They are usually light to dark brown and have violin-shaped markings on their abdomen. But this marking might not be found in some spiders. They are found in sheds, any cardboard boxes, garages, and woodpiles. Be careful because they are venomous. Here are some pictures:

House Spider

Domestic House Spiders are found worldwide. They are also harmless to humans like other house spiders. If you find any webs around the corners of your rooms or the sills of windows, then know that it is a Domestic House Spider which is not dangerous at all. These spiders do not like the light at all and that is why they try to remain hidden in the darkest places of your house. Basements, attics, and crawl spaces are their favorite places to reside.

They have long bodies that are not hairy and are straight and flattened. The female Domestic House Spiders have an average length of around 8-12 mm while males are 6-9 mm.

Color: Dark orange/brown

These domestic house spiders are called Tegenaria domestica. They are usually brown or dark orange and have a black mark on their body. Their body is V-shaped below their abdomen region. Usually, you can spot these species in the storage room, basements, or in the cupboard. They sometimes bite but it is harmless and does not cause any pain. Their life span is about one year, but female spiders live for around seven years.

Southern House Spider



American House Spider

Jumping Spider

Not poisonous and look like this:

Color: Not specific to one. Can be found in a variety of colors

The Jumping Spiders belong to the Salticidae family and comes in varying sizes (usually 15 mm long) and colors (usually bright colored). They are commonly known as saticids. These spiders do not usually build webs but move to hunt their prey. They are found in the buildings, usually underside of the doors or under the furniture or on any hardwood materials.

Wolf Spider



Green Lynx Spider



Long-Jawed Orb-Weavers

Gold Silk Spider

Orb-Weaver (Banana Spider)

Color: Dark brown males, distinctively colored females

The Nephila clavipes are found across the state and also in southeastern parts of the US. The female spiders of these species are the largest orb-weaving spiders in the country. They are about 25 mm to 40 mm in length are have varying colors on their body. The male is 4mm to 6mm in length and is dark brown. These spiders are usually not found in residential but somewhere in the trails. Flying insects are their prey.

Black and Yellow Argiope Spider
(Argiope aurantia), aka the writing spider

Yellow sac spider

Color: Yellow to beige

Yellow sac spider is found everywhere, worldwide. They are of no or very little threat to human beings. You will mostly encounter them in your house during the cold winter months when they need warmth and food. You can find them hiding in their sacs that are made from silk and are self-made by spiders. These sacs are mostly seen along the walls.

Yellow sac spiders are less than an inch long and are green or yellow. They have a spherical-shaped body. These spiders mostly feed on houseflies and mosquitoes.

They are found in pale, but also varying colors from yellow to beige. You can spot these by their legs. The first pair of legs are longer than the others, and you can see dark tips in the legs. They are found only in undisturbed areas. Otherwise, you can see them in the ceilings and corners.

Let me also show you a few commonly found deadliest spider species found across the state. They are poisonous and their bite can cause harm to human beings, which can sometimes be deadly.

Crab Spiders

Non venomous. Photos:

Daddy Long Legs

Brown Widow




Black Widow

northern black widow

southern black widow

Color: Black with red spots

The Latrodectus genus is the deadliest one causing a threat to humans. They are shiny and black with a few red spots found in the abdomen. Only the female spiders bite and the bite can be very painful. The male spiders are dark grey or brown and some have an hourglass body. They are found in furniture, outdoor wood materials, shed, and basements. They are 1 ½ inch in length so that you can identify them easily. Seek medical attention if you are bite by a black widow because they are venomous.

Characteristics of the black widow

The females of this species have the habit of devouring the male after copulation. After copulation, the female spider lays its eggs in a cocoon where several chicks can be born. The female has a black body and has reddish designs, or her body may be greenish or grayish with orange spots. This species feeds mainly on the small insects that are caught in its web.

These spiders can be found mainly in bushes, where they build their webs irregularly. They live in warm temperate climates and are usually not aggressive. You can also find them in tires, shoes, or empty cans.

They are venomous spiders and usually attack when they feel threatened, their venom has a neurotoxin, that is, when injected, the poison reaches the victim’s nervous system. The stinging pain is intense, it is like having the sensation of a pin penetrating the skin causing a burning sensation.


There are also poisonous arachnia species in existence but don’t worry, they mostly don’t attack or bite humans. But still, a few species may be painful depending on the species class they belong to. Others can cause a minor irritation sometimes.

Do not try to identify what species the spider, if it is a poisonous one then you will regret doing it. Spiders sometimes act dead when they are scared.

To get rid of spiders from your home, keep your outdoor objects clean and wipe dust always. Keep your food sources closed. If you are intolerable with spiders, contact a Pest Control Company.

Eucalyptus and tea-tree fragrance keep the spiders away from them. Try spraying them on the doors and windows.