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Orb Weaver Banana Spider in Rainier, Or #717721

Asked August 26, 2020, 8:58 AM EDT

I believe this is a giant Orb Weaver Banana Spider. I live in Rainier, Or. There is more than one of these around my property and I have never seen them here before. If it is in fact an Orb Weaver, aren't they poisonous and able to kill humans? What do I do with it? For now, I left it alone. It's in my garden area.

Multnomah County Oregon

Expert Response

Thank you for your question. It is an orb weaver spider. They are not harmful to other animals, including humans, except for the other insects they eat. Here is an article about them: https://www.wildlifeheritage.org/orb-weaver-spider/ I hope this provides enough information to assure you that they should stay in your garden!
Kristena LaMar Replied August 26, 2020, 9:48 AM EDT

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