Yesterday as I was walking my dog I came across this spider just closing its ‘door’ and it really gave me the chills. I haven’t seen anything like it around here before, or anywhere on the east coast for that matter. Now I haven’t really got a good look at its whole body because it seems pretty comfortable in it’s little hole. The burrow is approximatly 1 inch around and about 2-3 inches deep. I did some searching on trapdoor spiders and mouse spiders, but I haven’t found whether or not these are native to North Carolina. I’d also like to know if the spider is a threat to me or my dog. It’s fangs seem fairly big, and very strong considering it’s size. I left it alone after snapping the few pictures I did manage to get. Sorry if the pictures can’t help with an ID, but I was not about to stick my fingers in there and take it out 🙂 Thanks for any advice you can give.

Hi Dave,
Your photos are great. Your Trapdoor spider is a female, recognizeable by her shorter legs. According to Comstock, Trapdoor Spiders belong to the family Ctenizidae. Pachylomerides audouini is found in the warmer parts of the Atlantic seaboard, including, obviously, North Carolina.

4 Responses to Trapdoor Spider in North Carolina???

  1. Anthony says:

    I live in north central north carolina, i have found what believe is a trap door spider. What i need to know is are they poisonous, or not, and deadly to pets

  2. Laura Wolf says:

    I have the same question. My dog almost stepped on the spider as it crawled on our driveway.

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