Entomology (Study of Bugs)/unknow spider

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unknown spider
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i found this huge spider in my house. can you please tell me if I can hold it or its agressive? and please if you can just give me its name

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Hi Yousef
It appears to be a common orb weaver of the Genus Araneus, and is not dangerous. These spiders do not like to be held but most of them cannot penetrate your skin. I usually do not hold orb weavers because they are fragile and I do not like to injure them

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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