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Central California Tarantulas

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by GQ., Oct 8, 2007.

  1. GQ.

    GQ. Arachnodemon Old Timer

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    I happened to be out Central California a couple weeks last month. I took the opportunity to look for some tarantulas.

    South East of Salinas
    Roadside Habitat
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    I stopped the car at the above pull over and found this little juvenile in less than 30 seconds.
    Aphonopelma sp. juvenile returning to burrow
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    The below adult was found maybe 20 miles away from the above tarantula. I found several in this area, but this is the only one that I photographed. The sun was high and bright and the entire roadside had been burnt of vegetation. It is a horrible photo, but the only one I have. I spent only ten or fifteen minutes in the area as I was on the way to the airport and didn't want to miss my plane.
    Aphonopelma sp. adult - This is probably the skinniest tarantula I have ever found.
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  2. GQ.

    GQ. Arachnodemon Old Timer

    The week before the above photos I happened to find myself outside of Oakland. I took a drive the first night to find nothing. The weather was cold and windy and I gave up when the temperature dropped significantly. The next day the temperatures were great so I took another drive. I soon found several mature wandering males.
    Aphonopelma sp. mature male
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    I then hit the field in search of burrows. I soon found the below female in a well hidden burrow.
    Aphonopelma sp. mature female
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  3. What

    What Arachnoprince

    The second tarantula in the first post seems to be a type of Aphonolopelma 'eutylenum' complex.
     
  4. arachnocat

    arachnocat Arachnoangel Old Timer

    That light colored female is beautiful! I live in Santa Rosa. I may have to take a trip there soon to see what I can find. I would love to see T's in their natural habitat :)
     
  5. dtknow

    dtknow Arachnoking Old Timer

    CA
    Collecting any of those for Brent?
     
  6. Brent H.

    Brent H. Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Yep, Gilbert has been very good to me! :D
     
  7. Zach Valois

    Zach Valois Arachnoknight Old Timer

    hey great stuff Gil,
    looks a hell of alot like A. iodius.
     
  8. ChrisNCT

    ChrisNCT ChrisinTennessee Arachnosupporter

    Nice pics Gilbert~!

    I wish I lived in an area with T's , Scorps and pedes! I'd be busy every weekend collecting and taking pics.
     
  9. tin man

    tin man Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I've always wanted to live in an area, where I can go in my back yard and find a bunch of wild tarantulas. Instead I find bears and moose, which is still pretty cool
     
  10. Eclipse

    Eclipse Arachnobaron Old Timer

    hey I've been here too! When I was there, I seen a hawk wasp dragging a T across the pavement.
     
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