SPIDER ID. Can you help me identify this spider I found in Mama Tess’ shaving?!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 | Filed under Handy Tips

I drove for 5 hours yesterday to visit Hubby in Paso Robles.

It took me 8 hours to drive back today.


Y’know, in some states, if you drive for 5 or 8 hours, you’d be in another state… but here in CA, 5 hours just gets you from the mid-north to the mid-south of CA.

The drive back was just stupid traffic.    Double Grrr.

Anyway…because of my extended drive, I don’t have much time to write tonight.

So instead, I bring you this lovely beast that I found in Tess’ bedding yesterday morning.



When I saw this spider, I jumped about 10 feet.  I thought it was a scorpion.  Then I figured it was a spider with an odd, ribbed body.

It was 2″ long.


Luckily, I had my phone to I took a few pics.  It had a chocolate brown head and legs, a black, ribbed body and a white waist.

Heebie Jeebies!

Anyone know what kind of spider?  I tried to match a photo with Mr. Google but he didn’t have one…

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Yikes! I found this in Tess’ shavings. Does anyone know what it is?

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He was very fast… He matched the shavings really well and it was difficult to keep track of him as he ran from me.

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Heebie Geebie.

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12 comments have been posted...

  1. Deborah Slagle

    Per an arachnid expert in Australia I emailed:

    Hello Deborah,
    It is a camel spider and not really a spider but an arachnid and not dangerous as it has no venom, link below so you can check it out

  2. Frances Jackson (Patience - Bold Rider)

    I fear you may have found the Brown Recluse, which is normally a house spider and rare Not good for peeps, maybe not bad for horses. I have not seen one up close, but also Googled and it looks like a match.

  3. Carryl Edwards

    I Agree That It’s A Camel Spider, I Looked At The Website And The Shape Of The Head And It Does Match. Did You Remove It From MT’s Stall? Be Careful Dawn.. They FReak Me Out!

  4. Jan Schultz

    I’d send your photo to UC Davis Entimology. And ask your feed store where the wood is coming from – which country.

  5. Mary Lu Kennedy

    Could the black part be eggs and “he” is pregnant? It does look like a strange scorpion, I saw one very similiar in my mare’s stable yesterday without the black part. Check out a Pale Windscorpion. The photo I have is similiar but the black part is is not as narrow as yours in your photo.

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