Owner's Guide To Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are dark, black, or grey with brown stripes. They may be orange or tan depending on environment.

They're smaller than tarantulas. Most wolf spiders are 1/4 to 1 inch long, without legs

The Carolina wolf spider, Hogna carolinensis, is the biggest in the U.S.

They hunt at night, exiting their burrow or hiding spot to chase prey or waiting to pounce on unwary insects. 

Yes, if threatened or trapped. Wolf spider venom isn't toxic. "No severe medical risks come from their bite," adds Thome.

Worldwide, wolf spiders live. With so many species in so many locations, their environment varies.