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Desert Hiker
The Tarantula spider strolling through Cottonwood Wash.
We have encountered it on route to Hamblin Mountain.
Lake Mead Area, Nevada. November 2008.

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SoCalHikerGreat close-up

SoCalHiker

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Was she/he running towards you? How close were you? Beautiful photo. Cheers. Guido
Posted Dec 8, 2008 11:34 am

Anya JingleRe: Great close-up

Anya Jingle

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Thank you Guido. She/he was right in front of my camera, but they move so slow that I had time to snap a few pictures. Cheers.
Posted Dec 8, 2008 1:33 pm

rdmcUuugggh!

rdmc

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Toooo close for me! :0\
Nice Shot!
:0)
Posted Dec 8, 2008 4:12 pm

cp0915Wonderful!

cp0915

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****
Posted Dec 8, 2008 5:52 pm

lcarreauAnya ...

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

HOW do you specifically remember seeing this
particular spider on route to Hamblin Mtn???

I thought tarantulas all looked the same.

Did this one have a small "tarantula tattoo"
on one of its legs? Nice photo, anyway!
Posted Dec 8, 2008 7:49 pm

Anya JingleRe: Anya ...

Anya Jingle

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Larry, how could I not remember, it's a very recent photo. As for my old photos I have them all organized in folders by a mountain name and a date.
Thanks for the vote,
AJ
Posted Dec 9, 2008 11:54 pm

goofballit's t mating season

goofball

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most assuredly this is a male. they leave their burrows in search of females oct-dec so they can mate then die. you can tell the males from the tibial hooks or spurs on the 2 short fore legs. this is likely a "desert blonde". they are really quite docile and can be handled w/ ease. they may rear up and play all tough, but don't you believe it ! a t's bite is less toxic than a bee sting, but they will only bite if you really get rough w/ 'em.
Posted Dec 9, 2008 12:28 am

Anya JingleRe: it's t mating season

Anya Jingle

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Thank you for the comment and adding all this great info. Are you an expert on spiders? I have a picture of a tiny spider that seems to be very common in Red Rocks, NV and I have no idea what he/she is.
Posted Dec 9, 2008 11:42 pm

goofballRe: it's t mating season

goofball

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your welcome. but i'm afraid that is the extent of my spider knowledge (hours and hours on the internet to gain that 10 seconds worth of knowledge). i just think they look cool. tarantulas make neat display pets. we have a chilean rose and there are many other species of t's that are even more remarkable in appearance. some though are pretty aggressive, but none have bites more toxic than a bee sting. although a 12" t w/ 1" fangs ain't gonna feel good !
Posted Dec 10, 2008 12:52 am

verdeleonewow

verdeleone

Voted 10/10

you have a wonderful gift for image making
Posted Dec 9, 2008 10:50 am

Anya JingleRe: wow

Anya Jingle

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Thank you. I really had no idea this photo will be such a hit ;)
Regards, Anya.
Posted Dec 9, 2008 11:56 pm

hiltrud.liuTremendous...

hiltrud.liu

Voted 10/10

and beautiful!
Cheers, Hiltrud
Posted Dec 9, 2008 11:37 am

Gangolf HaubLong legged beauty

Gangolf Haub

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:-)

Just added one of my own: ;-)
Posted Dec 9, 2008 12:08 pm

rpceven the trail

rpc

Voted 10/10

he's (she?) on seems to be to-scale. great shot!
Posted Dec 9, 2008 12:15 pm

igneouscarlfearsome

igneouscarl

Voted 10/10

nightmares tonight - thanks!
Posted Dec 9, 2008 4:00 pm

Darkstar76Wild Thing

Darkstar76

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I live in Vegas hiked everywhere imagined and believe it or not ( Thank God) never saw these guys. Great Shot you remind me why the wild is the wild!!
Posted Dec 9, 2008 6:15 pm

banzai.barbaraYikes-Wow

Voted 10/10

I'm sure you have some kind of magic Anya... making this scarry guy look like the cutest puppy ;-)
great close up.

Posted Dec 9, 2008 6:17 pm

tomigreat shot

tomi

Voted 10/10

I like it because is in front of the lens.
Here is one more from Joshua Tree NP last October.
tarantula
Posted Dec 9, 2008 6:50 pm

lcarreauYou gotta love

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

the intimidating "shadow" that this guy/gal is
casting upon the desert!!
Posted Dec 9, 2008 10:00 pm

BLongNice shot

BLong

Voted 10/10

You have some great images! Thanks for sharing them :)
Posted Sep 24, 2009 12:45 am

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Anya JingleSubmitted by Anya Jingle
on Dec 8, 2008 2:29 am

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Object Title: Desert Hiker

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