Friday, June 27, 2008

Don't Look


"Texas Brown Tarantula"
West Odessa, Texas


Don't look at either of these photos if you are afraid of spiders. Um, sorry, it's too late I guess.

This is the second tarantula Casey and I have seen in as many days. The first one (pictured on his blog) chased me. Or Casey. We don't know which -- we were both running. Yesterday's find was much milder. And because of that I was able to get a good shot of him underneath -- I guess that's his mouth -- and another good shot of him from above where you can see his eye -- that black blob on the right of his, er, head -- which is actually supposed to be like five eyes even though I don't see it.

And yes, it's a "he." See those things (above) sticking out from his bum? That means it's a male.

12 comments:

The Artful Eye said...

I love these spiders. We have lots of large tarantulas here where we are. Glad you took these pics. I think these spiders are cool, except when they jump at you, or you are face to face with one on your screen door.

Godinla said...

Years ago I had an idea that I wanted my son to do as a Summer project to possibly make a few bucks for himself (video game cash!). We live in a kinda secluded area of Los Angeles called Beverly Glen Canyon. The people here (Glenites!) consider themselves a separate community from where we actually are, Bel Air. I know what you think when you hear Bel Air but I live on the fringe of Bel Air, not the multi-million dollar interior. Anyway, my idea was for him to go out and photograph "The Spiders of the Glen" and print books for the residents. The people here would have eaten that up, especially when they thought that they were doing something for a "needy" child. He didn't see the beauty in the spiders or the idea. His loss. I think that, up close and undisturbed, they are fascinating and your photos prove it. Thank you.

Frances said...

incredible, aren't they? I don't mind pics of spiders and I love the little ones, but these things move too fast and are too hairy. Illogical when you think how much I like dogs and cats! hair must be relative.

John said...

Way cool pics - capturing the underbelly of America.

We have a pet garter snake that just shed - some people are bothered by snakes too.

One night my oldest son, God bless his constant attention to details, was not careful and somehow the snake got out while or after he fed him earth worms. Everyhbody was out that night but me and I walk into the kitchen in the dark and a snake is writhing at my feet. I jumped a good foot in the air.

I learned that day that snakes cannot move fast on linoleum - they kind of shuffle and slide in place if try to go fast....

Have a great weekend - be careful Bev can fake spam....

Irene said...

I am very grateful that we don't have these in the Netherlands, as I would be totally spooked if I saw one, yet would be equally spooked to kill it. I would just have to run a mile or so in an other direction. Imagine something that big and hairy trying to climb on you!

Bev said...

I think this is a case of everything being bigger in the US LOL

dianeclancy said...

Hi Debi,

Interesting but creepy!! Well done of course!!

~ Diane Clancy
www.DianeClancy.com/blog
www.DianeClancy.etsy.com

Anonymous said...

debi-o, debi-o - where art thou, debi-o

shake.spear.ed

Bobbie said...

Thanks for the closeups, Debi. It is such an interesting critter!

I can only leave one comment today as the internet etc, etc, is down but I have enjoyed your pictures every last one of them. The secondhand lions can still roar pretty loud judging from the great photos I'm seeing. I especially liked the photos of the bird of paradise as it is one of my favorite plants. Did you know you can get seed on ebay? I'm tempted but don't have the right climate here.

LOVE YOUR PHOTOS!

Anonymous said...

arachna.blog.phobia

Joy Logan said...

OMG remind me where you live again! LOL,yikes!

Kris Cahill said...

Yikes is all I can come up with. An awesome photo, I am impressed with it!