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Tarantula in the Wild

Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 10, 2010

Local tarantula (Chaetopelma olivaceum)

This is the second tarantula I’ve seen in Maale Adumim (the first was probably a stowaway from Jerusalem, because it prefers a moister climate). I had my husband’s pocket camera with me when I went on a run this morning, which is why I was able to get this shot. Our spider expert, Yinnon Dolev, identified it as a mature male ‘Parvanit Schora’ the local Tarantula (Chromatopelma Chaetopelma olivaceum), but this is a brown one, not the usual black kind. As tarantulas go, this was a fairly small one, only about 2 inches, measured diagonally from foot to foot (Yinnon informed me that that was one of the spider-measuring conventions; the things one learns from one’s officemates!).

I photographed it on Midbar Yehuda street, just outside the Bezek station by the footbridge, in Maale Adumim, Israel.

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3 Responses to “Tarantula in the Wild”

  1. Tammy said

    Wow. I don’t think I could have stood still to take this picture. I wouldn’t have even been able to look at it. Beautiful in it’s way, but scary, too!

  2. Cynthia said

    Lovely! Did you know male tarantulas have a much shorter lifespan than do females, by almost an order of magnitude?

    • Avital Pinnick said

      Yes, indeed! My officemate’s nickname is Spiderman. He has over 700
      spiders at home, so tarantulas and other critters are not infrequent
      visitors to our room at work. Here are a few photos I took when he
      invited a bunch of us over to his place to watch him mate his Mexican
      tarantulas.

      Yinnon's presentation on sex life of spiders

      The other tarantula I mentioned in the post, the one I couldn’t save,
      was a female and much bigger. She also lived a much shorter lifespan
      because someone squished her before I could get a jar (but I know
      that’s not what you meant).

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