Identification Request: Fat Spider???
Location:  San Leandro, CA
Thursday, November 8, 2012
So, we have another unexpected visitor. I’ve been trying to use your site to send the pics (3) but it just sits and doesn’t seem to send.
Last night outside wall of the house I found what I think is a baby tarantula. It is approx 2″ and is missing one leg. Lived here all my life and have never seen one anywhere near here. My husband is thinking a bird or something got ahold of it and dropped it.
Signature:  Sherri


Hi Sherri,
We are in agreement that this is a Tarantula, most likely Aphonopelma eutylenum based on images posted to BugGuide.

Location: California

2 Responses to Tarantula

  1. Poxicator says:

    Very likely to be Aphonopelma as they are prolific in the US.
    The loss of leg could be attributed to many things, including its last moult. Tarantula can shed limbs as they have the ability to shut off the hemolymph (blood) at each joint. The leg would return over the next moult or 2.

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