Wild Tarantula Update

Randy Bauer

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Our wild tarantula seems to be thriving here in CA. The photo shows her at the top of her burrow which is at the base of a garden light. I've had some concerns, firstly there an an owl who perches on the roof, just above the burrow. I understand owls will only eat tarantulas if other sources aren't available. Hopefully it is keeping full on mice. My real concern is a roadrunner that has been frequenting the neighbor's property. We like having it around as a rattlesnake deterrent, but I'm sure it will eat our T if it finds her.
 

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dopamine

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That is a gorgeous spider. I had no idea california even had tarantulas until reading about these. A. eutylenum?
 

Paiige

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How lucky! What a beauty, I'd love to have an outdoor T friend :)
 

chanda

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She is gorgeous! You're fortunate to get such a good look at her! Usually all I ever find are mature/subadult males and the occasional juvenile or dwarf, with the big females sticking close to their burrows (and disappearing into them before I can get close enough for a picture).
 

viper69

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That is a gorgeous spider. I had no idea california even had tarantulas until reading about these. A. eutylenum?
There's quite a few out here, much like there's quite a few scorps in AZ =)
 
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