I would pee my pants if I came across this! No really, I think I would pee my pants if I came across this!
Out for a hike in my big backyard the other day I nearly stepped on a tarantula! We’ve had a few really chilly nights so I thought I had seen my last tarantula of the season, but apparently not. I love seeing these crazy huge furry spiders!
For one thing, they crawl very deliberately, so it’s easy to judge where they’re going and stay out of their way. There’s no darting or leaping. The creepiest part of seeing a tarantula is that they definitely see you too. This one stopped and turned to face me and raised its pedipalps – the two feelers in front of the eight walking legs – to say watch out! I’m walkin’ here! When Dio came over to check out what I was looking at, she turned and warned him too.
I think this is probably a female Texas brown tarantula. Females have smaller pedipalps…
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