Cellar spider size?

basin79

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So I'm familiar with cellar spiders and have a few areas under the house. However this afternoon I discovered a huge (to me) female in the corner of my animal room. See video.

Does anyone have any experience with these regarding adult size?

 

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Most of the ones I've seen in heavily populated spaces have been juveniles 3cm or less, but I think I remember them getting over 6cm. Wikipedia says up to 7cm for P. phalangioides.
 

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Most of the ones I've seen in heavily populated spaces have been juveniles 3cm or less, but I think I remember them getting over 6cm. Wikipedia says up to 7cm for P. phalangioides.
This girl could be bigger. Her front legs are absolutely huge. They must be 4cm on their own.
 

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She looks about 7cm in the video to me, based on the ruler. I bet she's on the larger end of normal.

Cellar spiders are really big. I remember when I first found some in my bulkhead I was shocked, because the only other arachnids that big I'd seen in my area had been harvestmen.
 

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However, if you actually go looking in Massachusetts, you can find larger ones without too much trouble, I admit.
 

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She looks about 7cm in the video to me, based on the ruler. I bet she's on the larger end of normal.

Cellar spiders are really big. I remember when I first found some in my bulkhead I was shocked, because the only other arachnids that big I'd seen in my area had been harvestmen.
I've only ever seen ones around 4cm before. I've got 1 in my kitchen and to be honest that's how big I thought they grew seeing them over the years in various locations. I hope she stays put as she'll have all the food she'll ever need. Plus unlike the others I get that build their webs near the floor this thoughtful lass has built on the ceiling.
 

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Grabbing a tape measure and sizing up a few unvolunteers here, 7 CM is pretty hefty. These, large fully mature, average around 5 to 6.
 
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