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A Joro spider is seen in Johns Creek, Ga., on Oct. 24, 2021. Populations of the species, native to East Asia, have been growing in parts of the South and East Coast for years and many researchers think it's only a matter of time before they spread to much of the continental U.S. Alex Sanz/AP hide caption

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The joro spider, a large spider native to East Asia, has become a common sight throughout Georgia and other Southeastern states. But scientists say it may soon spread through the Eastern seaboard. Alex Sanz/AP hide caption

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