Identifying Spiders in Northern California

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Northern California spiders can be identified as the American house spider, which has yellow and brown coloring, or the wolf spider, which is long, slender and hairy. Recognize these common California 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 California. And the first one that we'll be talking about is the American house spider, which is yellow/brown kind of color over the abdomen, and also it has streaks and splotches all over the body and it's pretty big and round little torso. And the next one that we'll be talking about is the wolf spider, which is very slender with long legs and has dark length white stripes running down the legs and has just a ton of hair all over them, covering their entire body, which is like a grayish kind of color. And that's it for California.

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