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Spider Photos - Tarantulas

Here's some photos of  Tarantulas sent in by viewers. Many thanks for allowing us to use the photos sent in. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Check out tarantulas on YouTube from National Geographic. Try this page for photos of different species of tarantulas. Please choose a section:

Unidentified Spiders 2016 Unidentified Spiders 2015 Unidentified Spiders 2014
Unidentified Spiders 2013 Unidentified Spiders 2012 Unidentified Spiders 2011
Unidentified Spiders 2010 Unidentified Spiders 2009 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2009 (2)
Unidentified Spiders 2008 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2008 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2007 (1)
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Unidentified Spiders 2005 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (3) Unidentified Spiders 2004 (1)
Unidentified Spiders 2004 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2003 Unidentified Spiders 2002
Unidentified Spiders 2001    
Spiders in Amber Closeups Ant & Wasp Mimicking Spiders
Argiopes/St. Andrew's Cross Barn Funnel Weaving Spider Basilica  Spiders
Bird Dropping Spiders Black House Spiders Bolas Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders Candy Stripe Spiders Common House Spider
Crab Spiders Cyclosa Conica Daddy Long Legs
Daring Jumping Spiders Dew Drop Spiders Fishing Spiders
Funnel Web (Aus) Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers
Ghost Spider Giant House Spider Golden Orb Weavers
Grass spiders/Funnel Weavers Ground Spiders Hacklemesh Weavers
Hobo Spiders Huntsman Spiders Jewelled Spiders
Jumping Spiders Lace Web  Spiders Ladybird Spiders
Leaf Curling Spiders Long Jawed Orb Weavers Lynx Spiders
Marbled Orb Weavers Micarathena Mouse Spiders
Mygalomorphs Net casting Spider Nursery Web Spiders
Parson Spiders Pirate Spiders Pseudoscorpion
Purseweb Spider Red & Black Spiders Redback Spiders
Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spiders Running Crab Spiders Scorpion Spiders
Segestria Florentina Solfugids/Camel Spiders Southern House Spiders
Spider Tats Spitting Spiders Steatoda
Tailless Whip Scorpions Tarantulas Tengellid Spiders
Titiotus (Recluse look alike) Trapdoor Spiders Tree Trunk Spider
Two Spined Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders Wandering Spiders
White Tailed Spider Widow Spiders Wolf Spiders
Woodlouse Hunters

Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders

Zoropsis spinimana
Zygiella x-notata    

TARANTULAS

There are two main types of spiders. Tarantulas belong to the group of Primitive spiders called Mygalomorphs which:
* take in air through two pairs of abdominal pouches called book-lungs
* have fangs (chelicerae) that work up and down like a pick axe
* do not hang in webs of silk, but may live in silk-lined burrows and spin egg sacs
* resemble spiders found only in the fossil record from 300 million years ago
* include the funnel-web, trapdoor, tarantulas and brush-footed spiders.
 

Here's an email from Bryan giving his explanation for the phenomenon that several people have written in about of tarantulas migrating in large groups at certain times of the year:
So, living in Arizona like the lady who posted about migrating tarantulas; i have seen this but it seemed obvious as to the reason. Whenever farmers are harvesting corn (i see this around corn fields) there are always large groups of tarantulas fleeing the fields. Lots of noise and vibration and what used to be lots of overhead protection is then replaced by sunlight. Id bail too if my house was swept away by a mountainous machine, lol. Hope this helps, Bryan

Many thanks to Brian who has gone through this page and identified the species on as many as he can. This is much appreciated!! Also thanks to Danni for the latest lot of IDs - glen

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Reply from Danni: Aphonopelma sp.

3 August, 2016
Found this guy schlepping across the road early this morning going to work. South side Corpus Christi Texas. I had to flip him/her off the road due to the large amount of traffic through that street. – which pissed him off(second pic) These are just quick iPhone pix. Not sure if worth posting on spider rules, but I thought they were cool! They use to be all over down here but are a rarity to see nowadays

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27 July, 2016
Hi glen, Would you please identify this pretty critter clinging on our screen door under the porch light this evening? We're about 4000 feet up in the mountains near Grecia, Costa Rica. Also, since I don't plan on testing him, can you tell me if its venomous, and how much so? Thanks, Andy

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9 July, 2016
Hello My family and saw this little spider while on vacation in Costa Rica. We live in the Colorado and are not used to spiders anywhere close to this size. Just wondering if you could identify it for us? Thanks Elise

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4 July, 2016:
Connie's new tarantulas:
1st pic Avicularia avicularia
2nd Aphonopelma seemani (blue color form) 3rd Euathlus sp Red ( a dwarf) - Connie

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5 January, 2016
Oh hell meant to send you a pic of me and Bratty Sue gettin' DOWN!!!  - Connie

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4 January, 2016
Bratty Sue and I playing. She's going to grow to 5.5 inches.  - Connie

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Reply from Danni: Not a theraphosid (tarantula) most likely one of the "false tarantulas" which are common in California .

22 August, 2015
I was wondering if this might be a brown recluse I moved an umbrella and this crawled out and up my hand. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, California USA In total with the length of the legs it is about the size of a quarter, The first picture is the clearest one I could get. I couldn’t get one of the eyes, other than the obvious two in the front. Thanks Chrysandra

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Reply: It's a male  tarantula.

21 July, 2015
Hi Glen, I came across this page while trying to identify this spider. My son saw this in a bathroom in the Bahamas today. I was wondering if you could help to identify it. Thanks Kamala

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Reply from Danni: Aphonopelma hentzi
 

17 June, 2015
What is this? Found in lawn. We live near Austin, TX Thanks!

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Reply: It's a  tarantula.

13 June, 2015
Dear sir/madam, Myself Sandeep kumar Dash, doing ph.d in the dept of physiology, vidyasagar university. Today I have found new type of spider. Pls help me to identify it. Pls find the attachment. Regards

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Reply: It's a  tarantula.

13 June, 2015
I saw this spider outside a restaurant in a rural area near Haslet Texas. What kind is it?

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Reply: It is   tarantula - glen.

9 June, 2015
Hi, I am writing to you from (far-away) India - hoping that you can help me identify a particular spider species! I am the 'field-director' of a 'minimum-intervention' farm, built into a wild space (something like a permaculture project), in rural West Bengal, India. I am moderately well-versed about birds, snakes and small mammals - but not so with critters and bugs! So, I am trying to provide as much information as I can here, since I don't really know what's 'important'! I have seen this particular species often, around the farm - usually at night. The are hairy, black & grey/ brown in colour.

   
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Reply: It is   tarantula - glen.

14 May, 2015
Hi, Saw this spider in a field a month or so ago. Looks like a tarantula but I don't think that they are from around here (Melbourne). Cheers

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7 May, 2015
Hi - your website is excellent! I just adopted a Giant Brazilian White Kneed Tarantula, Lady Godiva, a few weeks ago. She just molted. She seems okay (drinking a lot before and after) and doing a lot of spider yoga (stretching and holding in every direction). But right after the molt she had a large red spot on her abdomen. It wasn't bleeding, it just looked raw and sore. She sat in her water dish for about 12 hours after wards. Should I just leave it alone or should I try to put Nuskin or nail hardener on it? Photos attached. Thank you! P~

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Reply from Danni: Haplopelma sp. (possibly either what is sold in the pet trade as cf. vonwirthi or sp. "Big Black")

Reply: It is a tarantula but not sure about a bird eating one!!- glen

1 May, 2015
Could you by chance tell me what kind of tarantula this is? They told me at the pet shop its a bird eating tarantula. But it doesn't look like one.

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Reply from Danni: Brachypelma cf. vagans (Not Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens as poster suggests)

27 March, 2015
Hi Glen, Found this one in the Jungle in Flores, Guatemala. Thought it is Greenbottle Blue. Could you help me out? Thank you!

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Reply from Danni: Aphonopelma chalcodes

7 March, 2015
What kind of spider do I have? I asked its previous owner, but all he said was this tarantula comes in two types: red and white, and this is the white one and it's the most laid back kind. When I asked how old it was he said a year, but when I asked when it last molted he said it never had. It had a bit of a bald spot on its abdomen and after a week I noticed some pink skin between its eyes and fangs, is that normal?

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Reply from Danni: Grammostola cf. porteri
 

7 March, 2015
What is this?

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Reply: Not a theraphosid (tarantula) most likely a Dipluridae representative

2 February, 2015
I found a spider hiding in my towel which popped out at me when taking the towel off the rack, it was found in September in Vilcabamba, south Ecuador. Have been searching and cant find any information on a spider which shares characteristics with this one. I heard from someone th locals call it Jamaco, or a bird eating spider but im not convinced. Anything you can do to help identify thi spider is much appreciated, find attached a picture of it.

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Reply: It's a tarantula on the toilet seat!! - glen

2 February, 2015
What is this? Las Vegas. Toilet seat in park while kids playing soccer.

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Reply: No problems, just don't touch it - glen

2 February, 2015
Hi! I live in Costa Rica and have this very docile tarantula that has been living on my patio now for a week. I have picked him up a couple times with no problem. Just hangs out. I am letting it stay under our outside table. I have a 2 year old that won't go near it, but should I be worried just in case? I know most of them are harmless and need a lot of provoking to bite.... Thanks 

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Reply: This is a tarantula, not considered dangerous but don't handle them as they have urticating hairs which can irritate the skin - glen

2 February, 2015
Hi we just caught a spider. 3 inches long body and 6 with legs We live in Los Altos Hills CA What is it? We have small kids 2-4 years old. Should we worry? Kevin

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Reply: These re tarantulas - glen

2 February, 2015
Hello, Can you help identify this spider? We are seeing a few of these this time of year here in southern AZ at about 5000-6000ft. Thanks. Matt

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Reply: I finally got allowed on to the forums and I got a quick response, it was Monocentropus Balfouri!  - Justin

2 February, 2015
Hey, I was searching all across the web (no pun intended) for an identification of the attached tarantula. I’m not a professional or anything when it comes to these, but I do have a keen interest. If you could help me out in anyway with what species this is, I’d be very grateful. Thanks in advance!

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

2 February, 2015
Would you know what kind of spider this colorful critter is. We haven`t been able to find it on line so far. Thanks . Dea

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

2 February, 2015
Hi there - Ran across your website in my efforts to identify a spider we just found in our house in the East bay area (San Francisco). Any chance you can check out the attached pic and see what you think? The body was at least an inch long. Daughters are kind of freaking out... :). Thanks for any help you can provide! Best, Lisa

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

2 February, 2015
We got spiders all over this property. Really couldn't get a close up of this guy's eyes...hard for me to tell the difference between wanderers ad tarantulas...he doesn't seem as hairy or thick as the tarantulas we have around here, but what do I know...

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

2 February, 2015
Hi Glen, I found what it was. A spiderling Blue Fang Skeleton tarantula

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

1 February, 2015
Can you identify this spider... thanks

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

15 August, 2014:  
Andddd what about this one....

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

15 August, 2014:  
Hi there, I'm just back from traveling around Central America and when in bacallar Mexico I found the attached hidden on the side of my bed post. Needless to say I got a wee scare, as I only found it because I was searching for a plug socket. The owner didn't know what to do so and freaked out, luckily a kind American guy removed it and put it outside. I'd love to know what it is, if you're able to help at all if be really grateful. Many thanks, Hana

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Reply: This is a tarantula too - glen

11 July, 2014:  
Spider ID

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

10 July, 2014:  
My kids and I spotted this spider on a gravel road, its body was 1.5-0in long. We live in Prosper Tx. Thanks Eric

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Reply: Definitely not a zebra spider, they are jumping spiders.

More from Luis: I found another species of spiders that also resemble what I have : acanthogonatus vilches. Thanks.
Thank you for your response. I did some research and it resembles the Venezuelan suntiger tarantula somewhat. Thanks again and great site.

31 April, 2014:  
Hi Glen, I found this at my local pet shop in Long Beach. The shop owner told me it's a zebra spider. He said it's not a tarantula. Hope you can help. Thank you

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4 April, 2014:  
Hey. Yesterday I bought a baby tarantula but I got confused on the species. I think it's either a Chilean rose or a pink toe, could you help me identify it please? Thanks

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Reply: This is a tarantula it's too hairy for a wandering spider - glen

21 March, 2014:  
Hello sir I am a big fan of the website it is fascinating for me to see the great pictures that some people take and it is awesome that you help them identify spiders as well. Seeing as how I love in Toronto, Canada though and it is cold most of the time there really isn't too much to see for the majority of the year spider wise. However, that being said, I work at a grocery store and I finally have a photo to contribute to your site. I went to fill the bananas and low and behold when I took the lid off of the case this is what I saw. We thought it was dead at first because it wasn't moving, maybe because it was shocked/frightened but it turned out to be alive and well. I wish I could have snapped a better picture so that it could be more properly identified but I hope this is a good enough shot. I was assuming it is some sort of tarantula but seeing as how it was found in the bananas could it be some sort of wandering spider? The bananas are from Costa Rica if that helps. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks. Jamie D.

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

21 March, 2014:  
Hi, I work as a volunteer at the Yorkshire Museum in the UK. I run sessions called "hands on here" one of which is about insects/arachnids.  I get asked a lot of times as to what kind of spider this is, it is about the size of my palm around 7cm or so including legs. It is also very hairy. A complete identification is not Completely necessary, just a basic idea as to what its lifestyle was. And what country it came from. I'm sorry I cannot tell you more, I don't know where it was collected or how old it has been in the collection. Thanks in advance - Simon

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

21 March, 2014:  
What spider is this?

 

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Reply: This is a tarantula, nice photo! - glen

19 December 2013:  
Hi, I found this spider in the shed on a farm. Could you perhaps help identify it?

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18 November, 2013:
Hi Glen, I live up in northern California. I found this spider in my garage the other night and was hoping you could help me identify the species. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm attaching 2 photos for you. Thank you. Mindy

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18 November, 2013:
This was found in my living room this morning. I live in the Samaria region (West Bank) of Israel which is a hilly region. it's November but still warm. We've had quite a few spiders in the house around here, they've mostly been identified as wolf spiders by enthusiasts. This one though is the biggest one we've had, and I'm thinking it might be a tarantula. What do you think? Thanks in advance, Uri

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18 November, 2013:
Hello again, it's Heather. Found a tarantula in my backyard recently and got some decent photos. Thought you might enjoy. These were taken in Kempner, Texas which is about an hour north of Austin.

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Reply: Looks like some sort of tarantula to me - glen

18 November, 2013:
I would like to ask if the creature in the attached pictures is a Solfugid? The creature has 10 legs with the first pair near its mandible, being smaller & thinner than the others. The next pair from it are the longest among the others, but the poor creature lost one of its leg. We found it inside our office situated atop a still fairly forested mountain in the Philippines.  

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18 November, 2013:
Hi Glen, This beast was found in Hillcrest, KZN. South Africa. Are you able to identify it? Thanks Jerry  

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18 November, 2013:
Found this spider wonder if u can identify it for me?

 

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Reply: Thanks a lot, that's a nice shot too - glen

8 September, 2013:
Thanks for identifying the fishing spider... Heres a picture of Rowdy. One of 7 tarantulas living around our yard right now :-) This time of year the males are out and about as it is our monsoon season. There were so many crossing the runway at a small local airport, they shut it down for a couple days many years back :) Bry

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Reply: Thanks a lot, nice picture - glen

8 March, 2013:
Can you please tell me what type of spider this is? It was found in our bedroom on a September night in 2011. It was kept overnight in jar with air holes but by the morning it looked a bit less than lively so I left in the garden and it seemed to pick up and disappear. Thank you David Click for a closeup

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Reply: Thanks a lot, nice picture - glen

8 March, 2013:
For your use if you want to add to the colection of tarantulas. thanks I really am enjoying your website.

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Reply: Great pic, This is one of the species of  tarantulas -  glen

2 February, 2013:
Hi there Can you perhaps help identifying this one? We live in Pretoria, Gauteng in South Africa and came across this beauty on Sunday. Also wish to know if it is venomous. Hope that you will be able to assist. Kind regards Linda

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Reply from Danni: Pterinochilus murinus

2 February, 2013:
Hi there mate i'm Richard from Zimbabwe here some awesome pics for your collection mate the first spider is my pet his name is tedd crazy yea but cute thanks i got lotsa great info on your site it has and will help a span:) i dont know exactly wat spider he ie i know him as a baboon spider maybe you could help identify him waould be awesome:)  many thanks and hope your well mate regards, Richard

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Reply from Danni: Most likely Pterinochilus murinus (somewhat unclear in that pic as spider is dead and on its back)

2 February, 2013:
Spider in Lilongwe Malawi

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This is a tarantula -  glen

29 December, 2012:
SpiderzRule is an awesome website! My name is Jacob. I live in SLC, UT. Here is a picture of a spider.

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Happy New Year to you too, your friend is correct, this is a tarantula -  glen

29 December, 2012:
Hi there Glen A very good morning to you. Sorry to trouble you, I have seen your web and noticed you’re a bit of an expert on spiders! I found the attached in my bathroom, I live in Spain and would be interested to know what it is? A friend thought it was a tarantula, but I wasn’t convinced given it wasn’t as large and round. Perhaps you would know? I wish you a very happy new year. Karina

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Reply: Yes you are correct, it is a tarantula -  glen

10 November, 2012:
Hi, I found this spider while walking my dog the other day. I though it might be a baby tarantula, but not sure. This guy is about 2.5 inches spread out in the picture. Was hoping if you can help ID it. I'm in Singapore, by the way.

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No it is a tarantula and not dangerous -  glen

10 November, 2012:
I also found this is it dangerous what is it called

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Reply: That's a big one!! -  glen

10 November, 2012:
Love your site.  Other is a tarantula I found in the desert. Very nice spider. Tobias

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Reply: Poor thing!! -  glen

10 November, 2012:
I found this unfortunate tarantula drowned in my pool in Tucson, Arizona. It is much smaller and darker than the usual brown tarantulas we see here. It’s Pedipalps look like a mature male’s (not visible in photo). -David

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Reply: Great find, I wish we tarantulas here in Australia -  glen

2 Sept, 2012:
Hi - love your site! Here are a few photos of the largest spider I've ever had the pleasure of seeing in the wild. She was in a burrow under a rock (carefully replaced) in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. The third photo is mediocre but shows an old molt in the background. Cheers bob

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Reply: This also  looks like some sort of tarantula  - glen

21 July, 2012:
Hello Sir, I took these photos of a GIANT spider I saw on my kitchen wall right next to the patio door which I leave open at night for cool air so I assume it just came in from the outside (I hope). I live in East San Diego County in Alpine CA about 2,000 ft above sea level - mountainous region. I have no idea what kind of spider this is or how venemous/dangerous it is (if at all) any idea? I did not kill it. After my little photo op, I released it into my back yard and will always close my sliding door from now on. Mark

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Reply: This looks like some sort of tarantula  - glen

21 July, 2012:
its me Marc again. Just came Home and found this little precious here. What do you think Wolf spider again? Marc

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22 June, 2012:
I have attached photos of a Tarantula that I found in our underground irrigation pump box. I retreived him and placed him outside our wall. Soon there was another Tarantula in the box so I guess that is where he/she/ they want to be. I am careful to look before I put my hands in the box. And you are welcome to these photos as well

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Reply: This looks like some sort of tarantula  - glen

19 June, 2012:
Hi Glen Maybe you can help me with identification of my new ‘house guests’ in Cyprus. Yesterday there was a very large spider found in my daughter’s bedroom – it measured 9cm long in normal standing position (with legs bent), it was grey in colour with hair all over including legs, its feet were black, it has pinchers on its bum, it had 4 long legs on each side and two front pedipalps, it reared up at one point and showed us some rather nasty fangs. Photos of this lovely thing are attached. THEN WE FOUND A BIGGER ONE!!!! The second one was in the same area of my daughter’s room and measured 12 – 13 cm with legs bent. It walked like a tarantula alternating its legs and can run very fast when threatened. I would like to know what they are and what should we do to keep these out – I do not want dangerous spiders in my daughter’s bedroom. Cheers Katy

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More from Bill: I think it’s called Parvanit in Hebrew and yes from the tarantula family

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This looks like some sort of tarantula  - glen

7 May, 2012:
I hope these are clear. I live in Israel. We found 2. One on a pillow in the bed room, and one coming up the wall from a laundry basket. Wolf spider? Thanks

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Reply: This is a tarantula - glen

15 April, 2012:
Hi, just want to say I'm a big fan of your website. I have a few spider pictures you may be interested in. I live in Cyprus, Paphos...all pics were taken here. Also there are many species here that have not been publicized. Thanks for your time, would appreciate it if my pictures were not distributed...showing them on your site would be greatly appreciated though :) Matt Smith  

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Reply: This is a tarantula  - glen

11 March, 2012:
Hi, I took this picture the other day and wonder what sort of spider it is, and if it is dangerous? The white disc (a cover for the dial of a water meter) in the foreground is about 8cm in diameter. The spider is just above the disc. It is a medium dark brown (exactly like the leaves) and looked to be slightly hairy as well. Having looked on the internet it seems to be a 'Funnel Web Spider'? But would like to have your opinion. Regards Ken

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Reply: This is a tarantula and they are called baboon spiders in South Africa - glen

26 January, 2012:
Hi Spiderzrule, I stay in South Africa and I have found a few of these Spiders on our plot in close vicinity to each other. I love spiders and always leave them to their own devices, so I wish not to disturb these ones...but I need to know what they are and due to most of them having a web completely close their funnels this is the best picture I have been able to get before they hide when I get nearer. I'm hoping you can help as I have been unable to identify these spiders for the last 6 months of researching. My suspicion was that they grass funnel spiders, but they don't look like the ones on any of the websites I have been on, this is low grass on a path between lots of high grass and a small dam...I took this at night. Hope all this info helps, they look to be around 10cm in diameter ( 2-inches ) Self proclaimed spider-herder Byron

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Reply: This is a tarantula too - glen

26 January, 2012:
Hey I have been taking care of 3 spiders for a couple of months now. they were all finger nail sizes 2 were pink toed tarantula and the 3rd im not sure.I live in the Caribbean -Trinidad and tobago. Lately the 3rd (unknown)spider has grown enormous in a short space of time.I released the smaller pink toeds incase the larger spider ate them. However I am not sure what kind of spider this is and I am not sure how to properly handle it .If you can help me identify the spider I would really appreciate it! thank you

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Reply: This looks like a tarantula - glen

19 November, 2011:
Found this on my driveway in San Jose,ca.USA Foggy cold.. It's about 3 inches in diameter including legs. Any idea what it is?

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Reply: This is some sort of tarantula perhaps (Theraphosidae)  - glen

19 November, 2011:
Hi Glen, I'm from Brazil and I found this spider (picture attached) at my kitchen door. When I was searching to know if it is dangerous I found your (real nice!) site. Looking fast I thought it was a grass spider. What do you think? Best wishes, baga

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19 November, 2011:
Hi Glen. Thank you so much for a fast reply to my mail yesterday. I'm a huge fan of all sort of wildlife, and love to take pictures. I only have a Compact-camera from sony, but the pictures aren't that bad actually. Anyway, here are some pictures of some of the spiders i have found here in Coral bay (Paphos) - Cyprus). I'm almost sure that one of them is the Flower Spider (Thomisus spectabilis). but i haven't been able to identify the others yet. Tho i can tell that the one in image DSC01140.jpg was a fast runner and jumped like crazy ( 5-7cm.) when i was trying to take the photo. I realy like your site. feel free to use the pictures as you like if you find it intresting. 05.11.2011 - Cyprus -Nikolas!
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Reply: Yes some sort of tarantula - glen

22 October, 2011:
Hi Glen, Love your site! This guy (pic attached) was deep down in the narrows of a Utah canyon Sept. 2011. About 3 inches long. Some sort of tarantula I assume. Can you identify? Thanks, Judson

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5 October, 2011:
Hi from Mexico… I just find your site, because looking for info about "saving" a tarantula slightly wounded probably by one of the house's cats (play toy…) when wandering into the kitchen. I see a few every year around… nests under rocks or garden stairs, ask.. The spider is apparently adult, extended size about 6 to 8 cm, and even moving slowly and reacting to sensation, presents a leak of fluid at rear abdomen, one leg not moving correctly , last left side, near wound – leak location… But Leak seems to dry "alone"… Now… I placed it in aquarium box, covered to shade, on fresh herbs and soil mixture, to "keep" moisture level.. Any clue about thermal level, or light comfort needed ??? (never "petted" a spider, not necessary, but need idea to "keep" the beast alive… they are less visible each year, so…) Btw, how do you differentiate males and females ? Size or any visible mark ? Thank you for any answer….or info,,, Pat

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5 October, 2011:
Hello I was in Livermore California on a fishing trip at Lake Del Valle. I found my new friend here walking back to the car around 8pm. It looks like a tarantula to me. It is about 3 - 4 inches long. Maybe you can help me identify him with these photos. Thanks James

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Reply: It looks like the Oklahoma Brown Tarantula - glen

6 September, 2011:
my daughters spider had gotten out of her tank about 2 month ago and shes been very differant every since shes made a burrrow and eats like crazy . you dont think she could of have mated with a common house spider do u i live in kentucky and dont know if its possiable ... i have attached a photo of her and her new burrow and she had never made one in the 1 and half years we have had her i got her at a flea market a man was feeding her dog food and trying to convence me thats what it ate i told him spiders dont eat dog food they have to have live prey so i bought it for 6 dollars and i dont know what kind it is or if its really a female but as pretty as it is i do call it a female lol thank u so much tonya ps ive not moved her out of her cage since shes been making her home oh ya shes very sweet has never tryed to bite us or anythang when we let her out to clean her tank she would walk over us on us never tryed never to bite us very sweet girl and when she got out it was her that came 2 us my husband was looking for a video game in our closet when she walked up 2 him it was like here i am feed me please she stood on his hand for 1 min like she was ready to go back 2 her tank and agin thank u so very much

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26 August, 2011:
Hello, Here is an unknown type of tarantula I found on my screen door as I was getting ready to go outside in San Diego.  Thanks, Pamela

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Reply: It looks like the Oklahoma Brown Tarantula - glen

26 August, 2011:
Hi, I need your help, I'm Aurora, Safety Coordinator of Washington Penn Plastics located in Monterrey Mexico, we found this spider in an office. It looks to me like an Oklahoma Brown Tarantula, but I'm not sure, and unfortunately neither does the exterminator. Would you mind to take a look and try to identify it please? Thanks in advance.

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Reply: This is some sort of tarantula perhaps (Theraphosidae)  - glen

1o June, 2011:
What kind of spider is the attached. To give you a point of reference, the red in the picture is the bottom of an exterior door. This dude was big!!! In Austin, TX. Do you think it is dangerous? Thanks Scott

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Reply: This is some sort of tarantula   - glen

18 May, 2011:
I found this in my backyard in Grand Prairie, Tx. Looks like a tarantula to me. What do ya'll think? Thanks, Mike

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Reply: This is not Phoneutria, it is some sort of tarantula (Theraphosidae)  - glen

18 May, 2011:
Dear Spiderrule, Could you pls help me name this spider? I live in Brasil and I would like to know if this is a Theraphosidae or a Phoneutria nigriventer ? It was having a stroll on my leg when i took a nap :) it hasn´t bit me, it was very fast and agressive once it got scared. regards, richard Natal brasil

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Reply from Danni: Harpactira chrysogaster

6 May, 2011:
Hello Glen A few weeks ago I found the top one welcoming me in my house, and tonight these two at the bottom the images of the bottom two is identical just took image with different light. I have a few months old baby in my house and she started to crawl the house full, just scared she my took these fellows as friends and start to play with them. Can you Identify them and is they dangerous? Warmest Regards, Bernette, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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More from Mike: Thanks for that Glen, I don't know too much about life sciences, I never thought of Tarantula and assumed it was some sort of Bird eating spider, looking at other peoples photos on Google could it be Pamphobeteus? Some photos of one species from Machala look very similar. This one was crossing the road in the foothills of the Andes, but I did see another in a coastal cloud forest near Machala and it disappeared into a ditch, I went looking and discovered several of them lurking in the long grass which spooked me a bit so I drove on without further investigation. Certainly we have nothing like that here in Wales!
Mike
Reply from Danni: Mature male Xenesthis sp.

16 March, 2011:
Hi, saw your website - very cool! I was hoping you could help me identify a spider, I saw it in the Andes in Ecuador, it was very big, maybe 4" or even more across and purplish coloured. I would love to know what it was. Cheers Mike

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