Desert Hiker

Desert Hiker

The Tarantula spider strolling through Cottonwood Wash. We have encountered it on route to Hamblin Mountain. Lake Mead Area, Nevada. November 2008.
Anya Jingle
on Dec 8, 2008 2:29 am
Image Type(s): Wildlife
Image ID: 470086


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SoCalHiker - Dec 8, 2008 11:34 am - Voted 10/10

Great close-up

Was she/he running towards you? How close were you? Beautiful photo. Cheers. Guido

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Dec 8, 2008 1:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great close-up

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.


rdmc - Dec 8, 2008 4:12 pm - Voted 10/10


Toooo close for me! :0\
Nice Shot!


cp0915 - Dec 8, 2008 5:52 pm - Voted 10/10




lcarreau - Dec 8, 2008 7:49 pm - Voted 10/10

Anya ...

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!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Dec 9, 2008 11:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Anya ...

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,


goofball - Dec 9, 2008 12:28 am - Hasn't voted

it's t mating season

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.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Dec 9, 2008 11:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: it's t mating season

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.


goofball - Dec 10, 2008 12:52 am - Hasn't voted

Re: it's t mating season

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 !


verdeleone - Dec 9, 2008 10:50 am - Voted 10/10


you have a wonderful gift for image making

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Dec 9, 2008 11:56 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

Thank you. I really had no idea this photo will be such a hit ;)
Regards, Anya.


hiltrud.liu - Dec 9, 2008 11:37 am - Voted 10/10


and beautiful!
Cheers, Hiltrud

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Dec 9, 2008 12:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Long legged beauty


Just added one of my own: ;-)


rpc - Dec 9, 2008 12:15 pm - Voted 10/10

even the trail

he's (she?) on seems to be to-scale. great shot!


igneouscarl - Dec 9, 2008 4:00 pm - Voted 10/10


nightmares tonight - thanks!


Darkstar76 - Dec 9, 2008 6:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Wild Thing

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!!

banzai.barbara - Dec 9, 2008 6:17 pm - 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.


tomi - Dec 9, 2008 6:50 pm - Voted 10/10

great shot

I like it because is in front of the lens.
Here is one more from Joshua Tree NP last October.


lcarreau - Dec 9, 2008 10:00 pm - Voted 10/10

You gotta love

the intimidating "shadow" that this guy/gal is
casting upon the desert!!


BLong - Sep 24, 2009 12:45 am - Voted 10/10

Nice shot

You have some great images! Thanks for sharing them :)

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