This Bird Eating Tarantula is one of the world’s largest spiders. Females attain huge sizes (Their bodies are up to three inches and their legs spread out to 10 inches!). Their prey items include mice, frogs, small snakes, large insects and birds. They walk the jungle’s floor during the night and its unusual to find them roaming around during the day. Since the branch had a beautiful spot of light under the forest canopy, I placed it on the spotlight and took its picture. This lady was lucky I found it, as my companions in this jungle trek were Sanema Indians who consider these spiders a delicacy. They catch these animals, place them inside a banana leaf wrap, and roast them in open fire! I have not tasted this jungle delicacy, but the spider was so cool I hid it until I found a suitable place to release it near its territory.
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VijghenPh (292) 2003-01-18 4:13
Nice picture of a "not too nice" animal. :)
More DOF would have been better
...but I give you still a "great" appreciation because of the very nice story in your note.
sita4ram (814) 2003-04-18 7:43
gee this Tarantula gives me the creeps. even worse than the bugs one :)
but a great shot, and thanks for the story.
whats with the branch btw? the center of it looks like gold, and the side is too blurred.
spider looks fine. too fine :)