Was she/he running towards you? How close were you? Beautiful photo. Cheers. Guido
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.
Toooo close for me! :0\
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!
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,
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.
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.
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 !
you have a wonderful gift for image making
Thank you. I really had no idea this photo will be such a hit ;)
Just added one of my own: ;-)
he's (she?) on seems to be to-scale. great shot!
nightmares tonight - thanks!
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!!
I'm sure you have some kind of magic Anya... making this scarry guy look like the cutest puppy ;-)
great close up.
I like it because is in front of the lens.
Here is one more from Joshua Tree NP last October.
the intimidating "shadow" that this guy/gal is
casting upon the desert!!
You have some great images! Thanks for sharing them :)