Zombie Spider
Cas S

Zombie Spider

So I found this guy upside down in my pool yesterday. I took him out with a leaf and put him on the ground to take pictures, he seemed to be a male (the hooks might just be hairs). Anyways I put him in a container because I wanted to find out what he was and maybe preserve him... today he was moving
MM trapdoor spider. It's best to release him, he's looking for a mate. Even if you keep him, he will barely eat, since he's to busy looking for a lady. So it's no point in keeping him. I recommend you release him to let him have a chance to breed before his time is up.
 
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So I found this guy upside down in my pool yesterday. I took him out with a leaf and put him on the ground to take pictures, he seemed to be a male, he has the rounded pedipalps and hooks (the hooks might just be hairs). Anyways I put him in a container because I wanted to find out what he was and maybe preserve him, partly because its cool and also because Californian Tarantulas are very, very obscure (look it up). So today at about lunch I decide to look at him and hes crawling in the little deli cup I put it in. It may also not be a tarantula, but a trapdoor spider. This would make sense because of its small size (for a mature male T) and lack of hairs on the abdomen. it also might be a small tarantula and the pool water either froze or soaked the hairs of (maybe the chlorine had something to do wit it?).
 
ok so that description took a while to write and you guys already responded, thank you. Im not going to release him right now because my parents want him waaay down the hill on the side of our house, which is fine, but its pitched black out rn. So hopefully he makes it through the night, and if he doesnt the natural history museum might be interested.
 
@FrDoc Zombies are actually quite the interesting species. However I always keep a nerf gun in my closet if they come too close XD :hurting::zombie:
 
As a trapdoor enthusiast I am very happy to see this. To back up what's stated above, MM trapdoors of nearly any species globally are pretty much useless aside from breeding. They will refuse to eat almost at all, therefore stressing them by catching them can massively reduce their already short lifespan. You've done good by saving him and releasing him. If you want to find females get a leaf blower and blow across that nearby hill, they generally prefer digging horizontally into slopes and you should flip their lids lo if you are quick
 

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