TarantulaWeen 2012

 
 

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Paul Greene spearheads our
TarantulaWeen events each year.

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Joe Mastous always does an excellent job as expert speaker.

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Forty tarantula fans showed up for the event..


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Joe explained the pros and cons of the tarantulas on display.

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Lots of lookers and many attendees took photographs of their favorite tarantulas.

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No arachnophobes showed up to play pass the tarantula.

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Lots of different exhibits to examine.

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Several ways to show of a tarantula.

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Joe also showed how to coax a tarantula out of his or her web.

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More photo-ops for some.

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More close up exams for some of the fans.

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Microscopic exams of sheds showed how to distinguish the sexes.

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It was a chance to get a very close look.

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And, of course, Paul went overboard on the refreshment.  Plenty of sugar and caffeine for everyone.

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The tarantulas got into our cupcakes.

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But that didn't keep the kids from eating them.

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There were tarantula ID sheets also.

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But the high point was the potential pairing of two tarantulas.

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Somewhere in this group were one male and one female Mexican red rump tarantulas.

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Joe sorted them out and put them in a large enclosure on the floor.

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A crowd gathered around the early preparations.

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You had to push your way to the front to see the action.

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The larger female tries to evade the smaller male

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To no avail.  The hooks on his forelegs protect him from her fangs.  Mission accomplished.

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Easy kids, this is the R-rated part.

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Some were more shocked than others.

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So, we held the drawing to calm the crowd's nerves.

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Second prize was a Chaco tarantula spiderling.

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His new owner wondered what to feed him.

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Most attendees received bags of tarantula substrates.

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Lots of people looked at the spiderlings.

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Meanwhile, the tarantulas were circulating.

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No arachnophobes participated.

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Kiss the tarantulas goodbye until next year.

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Joe said his sapphire Indian Ornamental was the crown jewel.  Hands off.

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And everyone at Aqualand (except Carmen) says hurry back.

 

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TarantulaWeen 2010 Part 1
TarantulaWeen 2010 Part 2
TarantulaWeen 2011


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