Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders are very large, hairy spiders that are usually patterned with black, gray, and brown. They are active hunters that patrol the ground for insects and other spiders. They tend to live in high masses in leaf litter and grassy areas. Wolf spiders are notorious for building small burrows so that they can defend a territory. Although they often wander into homes and buildings, they are not normally pests. Wolf spiders have the potential to bite, but they are not considered dangerous what-so-ever and are commonly referred to as a harmless spider. Most wolf spiders can live for several years, shedding their skin as they grow. Females are capable of laying dozens of eggs at one time. The eggs are wrapped in a large ball of webbing and carried by the female until its time for them to hatch. Their life cycle is typically 2-4 weeks or until the young are able to hunt on their own.