One of 8 we saw today, 7 alive, one roadkill.
Bird-eating tarantula (Theraphosa blondi)
Traveling westward crossing a road.
Observed at entrance of burrow at 20:40, in bank located within non-native grassland. Observed adult male and female mating, an adult male wandering (scopulae of metatarsi IV appeared less than half of the length of the metatarsi.), and one other female at burrow entrance within the same general area.
Observed adult male wandering on dirt trail at 19:28, adjacent to a dry creek in disturbed chaparral. Scopulae of metatarsi IV appeared less than half of the length of the metatarsi.
One of several seen each evening this past week
5" leg-span. Adult male? Found in Lago Vista, TX.
Tarantulas comprise a group of often hairy and very large arachnids belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, of which approximately 900 species have been identified. This article only describes members of Theraphosidae, although some other members of the same suborder are commonly referred to as "tarantulas". Most species of tarantulas are not dangerous to humans, and some species have become popular in the exotic pet trade.