Unknown Spider and Mysterious Tracks

It is time for Nature Study Tuesday and we have been having some fun.

Here is a spider that daddy and the kids found outside the back door. Does anyone know what kind it is? How do I find out what kind of spider this is?



Daddy and the boys found these mysterious tracks in our pathway this week. These tracks were found first thing in the morning. Keep in mind we live in the city. Does anyone know what animal the tracks could be to?

What new and exciting things are you discovering in your nature studies this week?

Please let us know if you know what kind of spider that is.

Please also let us know if you have any idea who or what made those tracks through our pathway.

14 thoughts on “Unknown Spider and Mysterious Tracks”

    • Hi Daina,

      My husband thought it might be a raccoon as well. I don’t know. I guess it is time to start looking up track prints on-line.

      That spider is one that I have never seen before.

      Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment.


  1. Lots of mystery, huh? :). My first guess on the tracks is racoon, is that a possibility? We have them here, but I’ve never seen their tracks. What a creepy looking spider.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      If it is a raccoon, I did not know that we had them here (in the city). I guess they have to eat. We have a bunny and guinea pig in a hutch outside, I guess we will need to make sure they cage is secure.

      The spider creeped me out as well. I am just glad that it was outside and not inside.

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.


      • We live in a city too and apparently there are quite a few. I’ve never seen them alive, just the ones that have lost a fight with a car.
        The other thought that comes to mind is maybe an opposum?

        • Hi Jennifer,

          My husband suggested that too. I don’t even know if we have those around here, I will have to look into that.


  2. Hey Honey! My first thought on the spider was an orb weaver. (Sometimes also called grass spiders) And as far as the tracks, I am agreeing, looks like raccoons to me!

    • Hi Kimberly,

      I am thinking that you might be right about the spider. Everyone seems to think that the tracks were either a raccoon or an opossum.

      Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment.


  3. Holy cow, are those tracks as big as they look? Maybe someone is playing a prank on you otherwise I don’t have a clue what they could be. Raccoons have longs claws so its not that. Yikes, let us know if you see anymore of them.

    • Hi Amber,

      I am not exactly sure how big the tracks were. My husband saw them (and took the picture) before they got erased by kids playing.

      We have not seen anymore since then, thank goodness.


    • Hi Jenn,

      I love it when you visit (and take the time to comment).

      No definitive answers or solutions to our mystery yet.


  4. WOW! How exciting! Definitely a nature mystery! I have no clue what kind of spider that is, but those foot prints remind me of raccoons! :) Have a blessed day!

    • Hi Joy,

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. It is definitely a mystery. I wish I had an answer, but for now, it will remain unsolved.


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