Texas Tarantula (Aphonopelma) 101108

Texas Tarantula (Aphonopelma) Sara P, Spring Branch TX 101108The photo on the right was taken by Sara P., in Spring Branch, Texas, just north of San Antonio. She wrote: "I found this spider on Oct. 11, 2008 at 8 P.M. on our back porch. We temporarily caught it to photograph, but want to keep it if that's the right thing to do." Keeping tarantulas is, indeed, the right thing to do, provided the keeper follows a few important rules. Tarantulas will bite--and inject venom into the flesh of the person bitten--if mishandled, and the resulting wound can be as painful and lasting as a bee or wasp sting. For most persons no additional consequences accrue, but others may be susceptible to life-threatening allergic reactions. Tarantulas are not endangered, and certain parts of Texas have an abundance of them at particular times of the year. Their range, in North America, includes the southern and southwestern U.S. The genus Aphonopelma was named by R. I. Pocock, of the British Museum, in 1901; the two Greek roots, aphonos "silent, mute", and pelma "sole of the foot," signify 'the silent Theraphosid without a stridulating organ on the posterior trochanter of the palp'. See Spiders of North America, an identification manual, D. Ubick, et al, p. 279. NEXT PAGE ---- PAGE MENU:  1  *  2  *  3 

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