Tarantula in the Wild
Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 10, 2010
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.