I am shopping around for answers to an age old question I've had since childhood. There is a large brown spider that lives in my area and I'm assuming most CA. I am unable to find it anywhere on the internet. I am curious what it is called and its venom level. I have never been bit by one (thankfully) but they grow to at least a quarter size!
Thanks for your time.
Color patterns alone are not very reliable for spider ids. Accurate ids usually require microscopic examination. So, short of sending a specimen to a university like UC Davis your best option (since this is a good photo) may be to submit the photo to bugguide.net along with some location data (more specific than just CA). Someone there may be able to make a good guess.
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