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Only about 3cm long but moved like a tarantula. Maybe a young one.

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Growing up in Spain, these were common place, there a few species you wouldn't want to get too close to, but the Tarantulas always seemed plenty placid, a friend of mine kept one as a pet.

One thing you did in the morning was to check your shoes, as you never knew if anything had crawled into them.....
 

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Growing up in Spain, these were common place, there a few species you wouldn't want to get too close to, but the Tarantulas always seemed plenty placid, a friend of mine kept one as a pet.

One thing you did in the morning was to check your shoes, as you never knew if anything had crawled into them.....
I recall a story about a guy in Sydney, Australia that didn't check his shoes and when he put his foot in one he said he felt a sharp pain and he yanked his foot out. Then he observed a funnel web spider crawling out. He was an elderly guy and lucky to've survived the bite, thanks in great part to the antivenom.
 
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Agreed the tarantulas I've seen in Colomba are quite docile. Don't forget they too have something to worry about: the Tarantula Hawk wasp.
 

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Nice! Of course I'm a little biased as I keep tarantulas as pets. I can't tell what species that is but there aren't any tarantulas in the new world (Americas) with medically significant venom. There are some with 3/4" long fangs and horrible urticating setae though......
 

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Nice! Of course I'm a little biased as I keep tarantulas as pets. I can't tell what species that is but there aren't any tarantulas in the new world (Americas) with medically significant venom. There are some with 3/4" long fangs and horrible urticating setae though......
I read in the book Amazing Arachnids

That new world tarantulas have urticating setae as a defence against grasshopper mice
 

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I read in the book Amazing Arachnids

That new world tarantulas have urticating setae as a defence against grasshopper mice
There's something like five or seven (I forget exactly how many) different types of setae depending on tarantula species; each type of setae targets a different predator such as rodents, mammals or birds.
 

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Awesome pic!
 

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Great shot. I like the shadow.
 

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how do you find all these creatures??
 

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