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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

    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

    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

    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.
  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

    I then hit the field in search of burrows. I soon found the below female in a well hidden burrow.
    Aphonopelma sp. mature female
  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

    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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