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Mystery spider found in back yard of Oregon home

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OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

The mystery behind a spider spotted at an Oregon City home, has been solved.

The family described the spider as a highly venomous mouse spider from Australia, but Dr. Susan Masta, a biologist with Portland State University, said after looking at pictures of the actual spider, she determined it to be a native trapdoor spider.

Masta said it is rare to see these spiders because they are considered nocturnal and spend their life in a tunnel that they create to trap their food.

Amber Kincaid said she spotted the creepy critter on Wednesday while she was mowing the lawn.

"I knew it was abnormally large for its size so I decided to keep it and try and further research and see what it was," Kincaid said.

The family contacted the Oregon Zoo who has told the family it will take the spider and check to see if it truly is a trapdoor spider and then decide what to do with it.

For more information on spiders that are commonly spotted in Oregon and Washington, Masta has set up a website with information: http://web.pdx.edu/~smasta/MastaSpiders.html.

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