Advertisement Sorry, but I'm a total spider noob. As me about millipedes, and we can talk...but when it comes to spiders, I don't have a clue. OK, so on Halloween night I found this interesting spider outside my front door. I live in Northern California, in a rural area near Santa Cruz, and I have never seen a spider like this around my area before. From the body shape, it almost appears to be a tarantula...but again, I haven't a clue. Can anyone out there help me ID this little guy? And does anyone know if this is a local California species? The spider is about 1 inch in size, and the cage that the spider is in measures 7" x 4", so you can get a visual size reference. The real-life coloration of the spider is a bit more tan in spots, but the picture is pretty close to what he actually looks like. Thanks in advance!