Running Spider (Trachelas sp.)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Running Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 1/30/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Running Spiders almost never rest. They are always on the hunt and use their silk to build a small shelter for the occasional break and mealtime.
Running spiders, or sac spiders, do not form webs. Instead they hunt their prey with lightning-quick speed. They are fast and stealthy, ambushing insects that are either unaware of their presence or unable to flee.
The dark reddish head and thorax are in contrast from the tan abdomen. Hind legs are the lightest of the eight, appearing almost white. Their pedipalps are feelers in the front of the face and are large enough to be mistaken for a 5th pair of legs, albeit shorter ones.
All spiders (except Cribellate Orbweavers) have venom used to immobilize or kill their prey. This particular genus of spider is said to have a pretty painful bite to humans, though their venom is not dangerous like a Black Widow or Brown Recluse's. That said, a few reports of an infection arising at the bite site (possibly from scratching or touching it) have been made as well as a lengthy healing time. As every body is different, see a medical professional if you think a spider bite is getting worse or more painful.