When I’m out and about I always try to find interesting things, my eyes dart around the skies, the ground, the water in fact everywhere. On a visit to Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata a few weeks ago I found a spider’s nest, actually I find lots of spider’s nests but in THIS one was a tarantula!!
Tarantulas (as the term is used in North America) comprise a group of often hairy and very large arachnids belonging to the family theraphosidae, of which approximately 900 species have been identified. Tarantulas can be found in the south and western parts of the United States, Central America, and throughout South America, throughout Africa, large parts of Asia and all over Australia. In Europe, there are some species in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy and in Cyprus. Most tarantulas are harmless to humans and some species are popular in the exotic pet trade. All tarantulas are venomous, but only some species have venom that, while not known to have ever produced human fatalities, can produce extreme discomfort over a period of several days.
The word “tarantula” has been applied to several very different kinds of spider. The spider originally bearing that name is one of the wolf spiders, Lycosa tarantula, found in the region surrounding the southern Italian town of Taranto. Compared to new-world tarantulas, wolf spiders are not particularly large or hairy. The bite of Lycosa tarantula was once believed to cause a fatal condition called tarantism, whose cure was believed to involve wild dancing of a kind that has come to be identified with the tarantella. Modern research has shown that the bite of Lycosa tarantula is not generally dangerous to human beings.
So, here is the photo…. look away if you are nervous 🙂
Oh and for good measure, here’s something else to creep you out!
Sweet dreams everyone 🙂