Tarantula

I’m not as sure footed as I once was, so when I go out to fill the water pond for the animals, I always take my phone in case I slip and fall.

Good thing I had it today because this wonderful creature crawled out from under the log when the water came near him.  I’m not sure if he was trying to get away from the water, or closer.

He posed for me for quite a while.  I got bored first!  Isn’t he bee-yoo-ti-ful?

 

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About judilyn

RV'er, foody, caregiver, knowledge seeker
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10 Responses to Tarantula

  1. Chris says:

    I understand they make great pets, Judie. Did you bring him in? I enjoyed listening to this Colorado Matters clip a while back: https://www.cpr.org/show-segment/a-mass-tarantula-migration-may-sound-scary-but-these-spiders-are-just-looking-for-love/

    Chris

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  2. judilyn says:

    No. I invited him, but he said he had a date later. August is their usual appearance month, but we had seen only one other then. I think I’ve seen a clip with a similar title! Cute!!

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  3. snordenberg@aol.com says:

    He is beautiful !  I found a dead one on my patio and kept it !!   Couldn’t bear to  just toss it !!!! Hope you and Gary are doing well  I am busy ! This week I  will have my son in laws 94 year old/young mother with me. She fell last week and broke her right arm.. and her son is having surgery this week !  I have had her with me before and we do well. Busy !Blessings  LOVE  your pictures.      

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  4. judilyn says:

    Thank you, Shirley. Looks like you got a new car! ;->

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  5. It’s hard for me to see much beauty here… Aren’t they supposed to be poisonous? 😕

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  6. judilyn says:

    Well, yes, I guess you could say they are poisonous, but only barely. According to what I’ve read, it’s about like a bee sting to the average person. I don’t know what it would be like for someone allergic to bee stings. They have fangs to bite with, and can also throw those hairy barbs, when sufficiently annoyed.

    But mostly they are just there, peaceably searching out a meal. You would really have to work at provoking one to get a reaction. I got pretty close to this one for his portrait. He didn’t seem to mind; he may even have primped a bit for the camera.

    More vicious is the tarantula hawk, which is a really nasty wasp that paralyzes an unsuspecting tarantula, drags him to a nest in the ground, and deposits a single egg on the body of the tarantula. When the egg hatches, the nymph dines on the still-living tarantula.

    Makes the tarantula itself a lot less scary, yah?

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  7. I have one of these guys buried in my back yard. My son had one for a pet years ago and when it died he buried it. He has a little graveyard where any pets that dies or had to be put to sleep were buried in our yard. Thank God he’s older, married with a child of his own and has a house on a lot of land! lol

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  8. RV John says:

    Nice catch Judie, I see these guys now and then but it has been a while.

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