These are large spiders found in the United States. They are not dangerous, but they are fast. Great spiders to raise and enjoy.
Fishing spiders are not dangerous. There are no fishing spiders with medically significant venom as far as I know, could there be an exception? Yes. When in doubt, do your research.
They can be handled, but for the well-being of the animal, they should only be handled when required or when cleaning the enclosure. Also, note that they are fast and easy to lose. This species is not aggressive and ordinarily wants to get away.
Fishing spiders are fascinating spiders. Species of Dolomedes are semi-aquatic or spend their lives near water, but this species is an exception to the rule; this is a tree-dwelling species. Regarding the range: Dolomedes albineus has a been found in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas. – ref
Do they Need Water? dolomedes albineus is an exception to other fishing spiders and do not need a body of water.
Decor: Provide appropriate decor for them to feel secure and hide, preferably large flat surfaces, not just sticks.
Diet: For this species, my spider would not eat baby Madagascar Hissing Coachroaches, even to the point of malnutrition. Once I put a cricket in, it attacked it immediately.
I have only seen them once on The Spider Shop, a UK based seller. I recieved mine from a friend.
Price: If you do find one for sale, it probably will only be around $20
The following is the accepted species list of the genus dolomedes from the World Spider Catalog:
(This list is subject to change)
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The following pictures are of a different species within the same genus: