This Is How Many Types of Highly Venomous Spiders Are in Your State

Arachnophobia—or the extreme or irrational fear of spiders—is one of the most common phobias in the United States and around the world. In fact, researchers used results from the National Comorbidity Survey to estimate a prevalence rate of 3.5 percent of arachnophobia among the general population in the U.S. And while it’s true that the vast majority of spiders in our country pose little to no serious physical threat to humans, there is still a variety of highly venomous spiders in nearly every state in the country.

Best Life pored over multiple sources in order to determine the highly venomous spiders in every U.S. state, using SpiderIdentifications.com as our main resource for the following list, and verifying the information with at least one other credible source wherever possible, including those from each state’s health department. However, it is important to keep in mind that nearly all spiders are technically venomous to some degree, but we only included species that are widely considered to be the biggest threats. With that said, read on to discover how many highly venomous spiders live in your state and around the country.

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Alabama

river with boats and boathouses in alabamariver with boats and boathouses in alabama
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  1. Southern Black Widow
  2. Northern Black Widow
  3. Brown Widow
  4. Brown Recluse
  5. Chilean Recluse
  6. Mediterranean Recluse

Alaska

glaciers, lake, and tress in Chugach, Alaskaglaciers, lake, and tress in Chugach, Alaska
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There are no highly venomous spiders native to the state of Alaska.

Arizona

landscape photo of Phoenix, Arizona at sunsetlandscape photo of Phoenix, Arizona at sunset
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  1. Arizona Brown Spider
  2. Southern Black Widow

Arkansas

green trees and Hamilton Lake at sunset in Garland County, Arkansasgreen trees and Hamilton Lake at sunset in Garland County, Arkansas
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  1. Brown Recluse
  2. Southern Black Widow

California

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  1. Western Black Widow
  2. Brown Widow
  3. Chilean Recluse
  4. Desert Recluse
  5. Yellow Sac Spider

RELATED: If You Live in These States, Prepare for More of This Deadly Spider, Experts Say.

Colorado

trees reflecting in a pond in Aurora, Coloradotrees reflecting in a pond in Aurora, Colorado
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  1. Western Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse
  3. Yellow Sac Spider

Connecticut

Lynde Point Lighthouse, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USALynde Point Lighthouse, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA
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  1. Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse

Delaware

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  1. Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse

Florida

The shoreline and beach of Boca Chita in Biscayne National Park FloridaThe shoreline and beach of Boca Chita in Biscayne National Park Florida
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  1. Southern Black Widow
  2. Northern Black Widow
  3. Red Widow
  4. Brown Widow
  5. Brown Recluse

RELATED: If You See This Rare Venomous Spider, Keep Your Distance.

Georgia

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  1. Brown Recluse
  2. Brown Widow
  3. Northern Black Widow
  4. Southern Black Widow
  5. False Black Widow

Hawaii

landscape photo of the coastline of Na Pali Coast and mountain in Kauai, Hawaiilandscape photo of the coastline of Na Pali Coast and mountain in Kauai, Hawaii
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  1. Brown Widow
  2. Southern Black Widow

Idaho

the Sawtooth Mountain Range and lake in Stanley, Idahothe Sawtooth Mountain Range and lake in Stanley, Idaho
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  1. Western Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse
  3. Yellow Sac Spider

Illinois

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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse

Indiana

The amphitheatre and Phlips Pond at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve in Chesterton IndianaThe amphitheatre and Phlips Pond at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve in Chesterton Indiana
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  1. Brown Recluse
  2. Southern Black Widow

Iowa

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  1. Brown Recluse
  2. Southern Black Widow

Kansas

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  1. Brown Recluse
  2. Western Black Widow
  3. Southern Black Widow
  4. Northern Black Widow

Kentucky

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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Southern Black Widow
  3. Brown Recluse

Louisiana

A wooden boardwalk stretching into he Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, LouisianaA wooden boardwalk stretching into he Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, Louisiana
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  1. Brown Widow
  2. Northern Black Widow
  3. Southern Black Widow
  4. Brown Recluse

Maine

cityscape photos of Portland, Mainecityscape photos of Portland, Maine
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There are no highly venomous spiders native to the state of Maine.

Maryland

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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Southern Black Widow
  3. Brown Recluse

Massachusetts

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  1. Northern Black Widow

Michigan

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  1. Brown Recluse
  2. Northern Black Widow

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Minnesota

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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse
  3. Yellow Sac Spider

Mississippi

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  1. Brown Recluse
  2. Southern Black Widow

Missouri

green fields by the Missouri River in Glasgow, Missourigreen fields by the Missouri River in Glasgow, Missouri
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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Southern Black Widow
  3. Brown Recluse

Montana

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  1. Black Widow

Nebraska

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  1. Brown Recluse
  2. Western Black Widow
  3. Southern Black Widow

Nevada

historic buildings in the lonely city of Eureka Nevadahistoric buildings in the lonely city of Eureka Nevada
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  1. Desert Recluse
  2. Brown Widow
  3. Western Black Widow

New Hampshire

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  1. Brown Recluse
  2. Black Widow
  3. Broad-Face Sac Spider

New Jersey

New Jersey, located on Upper New York Bay in Jersey City, opposite both Liberty Island and Ellis Island.New Jersey, located on Upper New York Bay in Jersey City, opposite both Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse
  3. Yellow Sac Spider

New Mexico

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  1. Western Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse

New York

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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Southern Black Widow
  3. Brown Recluse

North Carolina

Aerial over the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the spring.Aerial over the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the spring.
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  1. Southern Black Widow
  2. Northern Black Widow
  3. Brown Recluse
  4. False Black Widow
  5. Yellow Sac Spider

North Dakota

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  1. Western Black Widow

Ohio

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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Southern Black Widow
  3. Brown Recluse
  4. Mediterranean Recluse
  5. Yellow Sac Spider
  6. False Black Widow

Oklahoma

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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Southern Black Widow
  3. Brown Recluse

Oregon

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  1. Western Black Widow

Pennsylvania

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  1. Southern Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse

Rhode Island

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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse

South Carolina

landscape photo of a garden in Charleston, South Carolinalandscape photo of a garden in Charleston, South Carolina
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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Southern Black Widow
  3. Brown Widow
  4. Brown Recluse

South Dakota

The skyline of Rapid City, South DakotaThe skyline of Rapid City, South Dakota
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  1. Western Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse

Tennessee

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  1. Southern Black Widow
  2. Northern Black Widow
  3. Brown Recluse

Texas

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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Western Black Widow
  3. Southern Black Widow
  4. Brown Recluse
  5. Texas Recluse

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Utah

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  1. Black Widow
  2. Desert Recluse
  3. Yellow Sac Spider

Vermont

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  1. Northern Black Widow

Virginia

landscape photo of Buchanan, Virginialandscape photo of Buchanan, Virginia
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  1. Southern Black Widow
  2. Northern Black Widow

Washington

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  1. Black Widow
  2. Yellow Sac Spider

West Virginia

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  1. Southern Black Widow

Wisconsin

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  1. Northern Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse

Wyoming

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  1. Western Black Widow
  2. Brown Recluse

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