This albino spider is commonly found in homes, high up on walls or crawling on ceilings. They usually only venture indoors during winter months. Their black feet make them easier to spot on light walls/ceilings. Their natural habitat is outdoors in grass, shrubs and other vegetation. It is there that they hunt their insect prey.
Research shows that their body colors slightly reflect the color of the insect most recently consumed. This is why differences in hue (rosy, greenish, etc) can be seen within the species.
This species is slightly more aggressive than most house spiders and will bite, perhaps repeatedly, if threatened. Most contact with yellow sac spiders is accidental for its part.
There is no consensus on how toxic the bite of this spider may be, although it is not known to be deadly. The intial bite can be painful to some people, but unnoticed by others. For some, a small red bump will form and eventually fade after a couple of weeks. In others, swelling, burning and pain are experienced the first hour or so after the bite, then a pustule develops that naturally heals over a couple of weeks. If bitten, it is suggested that the spider is caught (not smashed) so it can be identified if the bite develops into a serious skin infection. Contact your physian if it appears this spider's bite is growing worse.
Common name: Yellow Sac Spider
Scientific Name: Chiracanthium inclusum
Identifying Colors: white; yellow; black; green
General Description: albino, black feet, white
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*):
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