Identifying Spiders in Alaska

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Identifying spiders in Alaska requires looking for the American house spider, which is bulbous and splotched, or the wolf spider, which has long, slender, hairy legs. Watch out for Alaskan spiders with helpful facts from an entomology student in this free video on arachnids.

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Hello, my name is Lauren Saldana. I'm an entomology major over at FSU, and I'm specializing in arachnids, so today, we're going to be talking about how to identify the spiders of Alaska, and the first one that we're going to talk about is the American House Spider, and how you can tell what they are, is they have a yellow, brown kind of color on their abdomen, and it is streaked and splotched, all over on its sides, and it's very bulbous, and the next one that we'll be talking about, is the Wolf Spider, which is very slender with long legs, and has dark lengthwise stripes running down its legs. Also, it has just a ton of long hair, covering the entire body, and they also carry their young in a sac on their back, and that's it for Alaska.

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