Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider

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  • Also known as fiddle-back or violin spiders because of the violin shape mark on their back
  • Generally between 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch (about the size of a quarter)
  • Light to medium brown
  • 6 eyes; most spiders have 8
  • Prefers undisturbed areas such as woodpiles, sheds, closets, piles of clothes left on the floor, unworn shoes and work gloves, and garages
  • Bites most often happen when their isolated spot is disturbed and they feel threatened
  • Venomous bite-most bites result in a self-healing mild lesion; others result in necrotic skin lesions that can take a long time to heal and leave permanent scars; on occasion, the bite can result in a systemic reaction and can be life threatening, especially in young children, the elderly, or people with weak immune systems.