A group of naturalists happened to encounter something that hasn’t been seen in Ohio for more than half a century.
According to WXIX, the group of individuals were visiting the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System when they stumbled upon a Carolina Wolf Spider.
The 3-inch to 4-inch spider sports orange fangs and grey fur and lives throughout the U.S. However, it had not been spotted in Ohio in 60 years, WXIX reported.
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Jim McCormac, who works for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said the group of naturalists immediately recognized the type of spider they had found.
“It’s the holy grail of arachnids,” he told the Columbus Dispatch.
According to the local Fox affiliate, Carolina Wolf Spiders are not poisonous, but do carry venom which paralyzes its prey. They feed on insects and, unlike other spiders, run down their prey inside of relying on a web.
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