I know not everyone likes giant spiders, so I put the pictures behind the cut….
Yup, almost cute — except that it moves like a spider. Which reminds me, I meant to add the video clip to the post!
Wow, that’s so incredibly awesome!! I love the foot for size reference in the first picture – to whom does it belong?
It really was pretty cool. The foot belongs to my husband, Peter (I was unwilling to stick any of my body parts that close to the tarantula).
Way to go, Peter!
I think tarantulas are almost cute, what with the furriness. But, still, something a bit creepy about their massive size, so I applaud the foot’s bravery in making it into the frame!
PS – love the videoclip! How sedately it’s moving helps with the “cute” interpretation, I think! It’s not scuttling frantically or erratically, which is a bit more anxiety-promoting.
(I was unwilling to stick any of my body parts that close to the tarantula).
That’s smart, Caroline. I went to camp as a kid in Kerrville, about 100 miles west of you in the Hill Country. We had nature study and a college prof with the summer off supervised such things. One time he let a tarantula walk up his arm without fear. “They’ll never bite the surface they walk on,” he told us incredulous youth. But sticking your finger in from of one is a different matter. ;-)
I enjoyed this! Thanks!
I once let a tarantula walk up my arm, without fear. It was when it got to my neck I more or less lost it. :) They tickle, and it’s not nice to be tickled by an arachnid you can’t see.
You seem to have survived the experience with great aplomb! ;)
He (or she) is kind of cute, actually. Very plushy!
In still photos, it does look cute. But when it was moving, it moved like a spider, which made it significantly less cute. (I edited the post to add a short video clip.)
Ok, after watching that, I would agree that a moving plushy spider is significantly less cute, lol.
Could he battle your centipede?
Not little Herbert – but a big-ass African centipede? It could be a draw.
Who doesn’t like giant spiders?
And why not? What’s wrong with them?
Yeah, really, who doesn’t?
Wait, that’s right, I don’t. They’re sure cool to look at, though.
I’m terrified of giant spiders
But I think they’re kind of cool.
Re: I’m terrified of giant spiders
Used to see them all the time in those parts, though not so much lately, like the last couple decades.
I saw this one at the beginning of the trip, and didn’t see another one the entire time (and I spent a bunch of time walking around looking). So I guess I just got lucky!
My nephew had one. He named if Fluffy, which I thought was hysterical. It died of heart failure when the family doberman sniffed it.
The photos are totally cool.
She’s gorgeous! (not that I want her near me)
I loooove spiders. Thanks for sharing :D
Awesome! I like spiders.
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