Tarantula from South Africa

Subject: Spider Identification
Location: Witbank, Mpumalanga, South Africa
May 5, 2017 10:58 am
Found this little big man on my doorstep while sitting outside in the dark. Just caught my eye, needless to say I got a terrible fright!
His back seems to have a “smiley face” on.
Would love to know what’s it called and if poisonous, but I really doubt it.
Thank you
Nataly Oosthuizen
Witbank, Mpumalanga
South Africa
Signature: N Oosthuizen


Dear N Oosthuizen,
The best we are able to provide at this time is that this is a Tarantula, but we don’t know the species.  Tarantulas have venom but most are not aggressive and they are not considered a threat to humans.

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