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There's just too many tarantula photo-ops to put them all on one page.  Let's start a new one today.  LA November 24, 2008.

LA
Giant cave spider -- not really a tarantula (but cool, nnyway)..

LA
Same guy/gal.

Joe Kleifges, Tempe, AZ, March 23, 2009 
I saw an image of a "cave spider" in Tarantulas III, and recalled this bit of information shown in "A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert" Maybe it will lead to a better ID??
I am enjoying keeping black widows. Is letting the egg sack hatch a recipe for carnage and mayhem??

A1:  Scorpions are illegal in Des Moines, so we list them under the name we bought them under -- giant cave spider.  We wouldn't want to sell an illegal scorpion.  We've also seen them referred to as "vinegaroons."
A2:  Black widows are fun for a short time.  Tarantulas make much better long term pets.  (We can't really call black widows "companion animals."  Of course, we probably can't call tarantulas that either.)  By the way, nice widow picture.  LA

LA
Not known to me.

LA
Same tarantula.

LA
Ditto.

LA
Thai black bird eater.

LA
Same guy on lunch break.

LA
Tawny red baboon

LA
Still attractive shed of a Brasilian black & white.

LA
Life time Shed  record of a smithii.

LA
One of the many pink toes (carrying a cricket).

LA
Mexican fire-leg.

LA
Copper butt.

LA
Brasilian white knee.

LA
Sold to us as a "trap door tarantula."
 

Patrick Mumford, Secretary, American Tarantula Society, 3/15/09
FYI:  Trap door spiders are true spiders, not like tarantulas. They should be advertised as Trap Door Spiders.  Thanks a bunch.

A:  Thanks for your trap door info.  I'll try to integrate your addition into the appropriate T page.  All I know about them is they are fast and nasty.  At least that's what Paul said when I photographed this guy/gal this morning.  LA

LA
Tawny Red Baboon.

LA
???  Probably a curly hair?
 

Denise Elliott, Richmond, VA, May 6, 2009
Hi. I know I have emailed you before about ferrets. I was reading your Tarantula III page, and maybe I can provide some help.
"???  Probably a curly hair?" The tarantula with that description I am thinking could be a "Costa Rican zebra." Most pictures when you run a search show these vibrant black and white tarantulas, but in fact they are often kind of dull, lack strong white markings and seem to come in at least two other colors besides the traditional black. One is a tannish brown and the other is greyish blue, almost the same coloring as a "blue" rat. I have no idea if these are true color variations or dulling from being in need of a molt. A sure way to tell is look for tannish brown spinnerettes or undersides of that same color. I can't tell if this tarantula has those markings from the picture. I hope I was somewhat helpful.

A:  Thanks for the info.  I'll add it below that picture.  LA

LA
1-inch wolf spider captured in an Iowa basement.  Much speedier than most Tarantulas.

LA
Same guy/gal on her 2-inch water bowl.

LA
Costa Rican sun tiger -- dorsal view.  Pretty much web crazy.

LA
Same guy/gal -- ventral view.  Now in a bigger cleaner cage.

LA
Same spider upside down.

LA
Giant Amazon pink toe -- bought as a spiderling.  (We're not sure of its name).

LA
Mexican fire-leg.

LA
Antilles Pink Toe.

LA
Brazilian giant white knee.

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Aqualand employees should not leave these on the check out counter.

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0.5-inch Iowa spider crawling across our Aqualand sales counter.

 

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