Spiders in the Ctenidae family resemble wolf spiders, but they are not the same. Wandering spiders are active hunters, not web-spinners, and they attack their prey by ambushing them. They live in burrows on the ground or on plants.
They are primarily found in warmer, tropical climates. Most Wandering Spiders found in North America were imported on tropical fruits, like bananas. The Southeastern Wandering Spider, however, is native to the southeastern part of the continent.
Common name: Southeastern Wandering Spider
Scientific Name: Anahita punctulata
Adult Size (Length): 5mm to 40mm (0.20in to 1.57in) COMPARE
Identifying Colors: brown; tan; ivory; white; black
General Description: large, biting, venomous
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.