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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tarantula rescue

01 Female tarantula Yarnell AZ (1024x768)
I was packing the truck Friday morning and on the second trip I looked down to see what I’d almost stepped on.  Read more here.


27 comments:

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful tarantula, we don't usually see them around here until July.

Camels & Chocolate said...

When I used to live in the Arizona desert, one of our favorite pastimes in entertaining the kids was catching tarantulas and racing them. It took about two summers before I could let it crawl all over me without squealing!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Fascinating, Gaelyn. I'm one of those odd ducks who will capture a spider and put him/her back outside. (the GOOD spiders, ahem) Capturing a tarantula must be, um, an adventure. Fantastic post! GOOD service, too. That was good thinking on your part!

Janie said...

She's beautiful and huge!
Sounds like you called the right person to come rescue her.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Great photographs but rather you than me!!! Spider Pharm sounds like a wonderful idea, I have never heard of it before. Diane

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I forgot to ask, what do they use the venom for? Diane

Martha Z said...

A very handsom gal. That last photo makes a great shadow shot.

Jo said...

Uh-oh, I knew you wouldn't harm it, Gaelyn. Good on Spider Pharm. Some handling they do! Thanks for sharing this interesting post. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. (((Hugs))) Jo

Abraham Lincoln said...

What a wonderful conclusion to what could have been a nasty step. Some people, me somewhat included, do not take to spiders very well but I do try to give them the benefit of the doubt and avoid trying to kill or harm them.

Arija said...

I like huntsmen in my house, they are a helpful addition. Tarantulas I too would baulk at. Well done to isolate it Gaelyn.

Naquillity said...

wonderful shots~ i especially like that you had her relocated to somewhere safe. glad you didn't step on her... have a great night.

Barb said...

Well done, Gaelyn, both the photos and the rescue. I'm not sure I could hold one, but I have seen them on the bike path in Denver. They can move really fast when they want want to. I was "studying" one up close and nearly fell over in shock when it scooted away.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

"Small"? LOL!! This sure is a beauty Gaelyn but poor Mike!! He probably had a heart attack when the guy picked it up. :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Great photos of the big Tarantula. My wife would die if one of them was near the house.

Small City Scenes said...

I like your phrase "better their home than mine"--Amen to that. MB

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Eeeew I am so glad they're a rare sight here! I have heard people say though, that you can see them crossing the road a 1/4 mile away 0 THAT BIG!

She is actually quite attractive I have to say, but as you said, not around my home! Great you have someone to call locally.

Bibi said...

Yikes. Too big and scary for me, but in her own way, she's beautiful, and probably has a few admirers....

Elaine said...

I am so grateful that we don't have tarantulas in Alaska!

Zane said...

Wow - what a lovely spider - I wish I could find an exceptional specimen like that (or similar) in South Africa. The macro photography aspects are what I seek.

I like the idea of letting nature gt along, good job to arrange for a suitably qualified person to assist.

Maybe the spider or spider kingdom returns a favour your way one day.

Bill S. said...

Not me picking up one of them. It would feel my fear and bite me. You can keep them.

LadyFi said...

Wow - that's huge and hairy, even if it is small by Chuck's standards!

Firefly said...

There was a similar spider at the recent outdoor show I attended and they are nasty with a capital N. I would not touch it. I will post a pic of it soon though.

Jenn Jilks said...

WOW! That is a spider. That's worth a scream or two! Our spiders in My Muskoka aren't nearly so large. Good thing! Great photos, as ever!

RuthieJ said...

Your photos are about as close as I ever want to get to a tarantula Gaelyn! Chuck's a brave guy!

Quiet Paths said...

One just never knows what excitement will jump out atcha'.

Craver Vii said...

I noticed that Mike was right up there, when Chuck picked it up. Good for him. I'll admit that I was surprised to see that Chuck picked it up with his bare hands. Well, I suppose he has to handle it any way, if he's going to end up "milking" it... I picture spiders with udders, and chuck with a pail and a three-legged stool. (lol)

Rambling Woods said...

I had read about milking spiders and snakes....

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