Hey guys, absolutely new here but after two sightings of this relatively large spider (and a paranoia of living with venomous spiders), I decided to take the plunge.
I've encounter two of these guys - one high up on a wall (semi textured - the wall) and another scurrying across my bedroom floor. They were identical to each other, approximately 2 inches across legs spread.
My searches online (which I'm not sure how valid they are) have yielded anything from Brown Recluses to Hobo spiders to Giant House spiders. Fortunately - and I hope this is true - there are no brown recluses or hobo spiders in Santa Cruz, CA. I'm hoping the resident experts here can verify this for me.
I froze both of them with compressed computer cleaners. Unfortunately, I already dissected this latest one before thinking about using spider.us to help identify it. The images below are the best I have and show the main abdomen (I ripped the sac off in my silly quest to dissect it). I also put a penny next to it for a better sense of size.
My understanding is that brown recluses are not this big and although hobo spiders can attain this size, they are really poor climbers - which doesn't explain the spider that was high up on my wall.
Any and all help - as well as advice - is much appreciated. Thank you!
P.S. After browsing the forums and searching for "northern california" in particular, I stumbled upon this identification thread and I believe its the same spider!
There's not much info on that thread...any more information that anyone can yield please?