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What the is this trantula-sized spider that I found in my house in Virginia?
My sister found this spider under a pumpkin that had been in our house since October. My mom actually thought this spider was fake when my sister first discovered him because it was so huge. We live in Northern Virginia and we found it today, May 29, 2008. It was about 3 1/2 to 4 inches (including its legs). I was looking up pictures of spiders trying to find out what it was, and I thought maybe it was a fishing spider of some sort, but this one did not have little black, spikey hairs on it like most of the ones in the pictures did. It was more furry. What is it?!

You are correct in thinking it is a Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes. There is much information online about these fascinating spiders that are actually capable of catching fish.

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