Subject: Is this spider dangerous?
January 28, 2016 4:23 am
Hi, we’ve been living in central Zambia in the bushy outskirts of a town for 8 months now and today was the first time I’ve seen one of these kind of spiders. It’s tarantula looking and about 2 to 3 inches at full span. We have children here too which causes me even more concern and worry if they would be tempted to approach one. Can you please tell me if they bite or are poisonous please?
Signature: Many thanks for your help
Your gorgeous Tarantula is Ceratogyrus meridionalis. which we identified on BirdSpiders. Tarantulas are not aggressive, but they can give a painful, though not generally serious, bite if carelessly handled. Teach your children while they are young to have respect for lower beasts.