October 17, 2009
My wife found this spider in our kitchen sink. She was too scared to pick it out even though it was dead. After picking it out I was fascinated by its size. My question is if this spider is dangerous/venomous? Thank You.
Mount Washington, Los Angeles
Thanks for informing us about another Mount Washington sighting of a Male California Trapdoor Spider. All spiders have venom, but only a few are harmful to humans. Either the venom is too mild or is not of sufficient quantity, or the fangs of the spider cannot penetrate human skin. We know of no reports of anyone being bitten by a California Trapdoor Spider, but that does not mean it cannot happen. The California Trapdoor Spider is not a species that is considered harmful to humans. We are happy to hear that there must still be a healthy population of this magnificent spider in the Mount Washington area where continued development is reducing the amount of open space.