Subject: Spider
Location: Sonoma , Ca.
January 28, 2014 8:37 pm
I live in Sonoma, Ca. in the Boyes Hot Springs area. I found this spider in my water meter volt. I would appreciate your help in identifying it. It’s @ 1- 3/4” long and dark brown in color, it had no web that I noticed. Thank you for your help.
Signature: Rigobert gutierrez


Hi Rigobert,
This sure looks like a Tarantula to us.  The eye arrangement, which is an important criterion for the classification of spiders, looks similar to the eye arrangement of the Tarantula on the PHotos of Utah Spiders site.

Tarantula closeup
Tarantula closeup

Hi Daniel,
Thank you so much for your help. Additionally, can you please tell me what I should feed it.
Thanks again,

Hi again Rigo,
That is a cricket with the Tarantula in the photo, and crickets make splendid food for spiders.  You can buy crickets at a pet store.  About.com has some information that might be helpful to you.


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