Thursday, June 17, 2010
I was about to take the neighbor girl back to her house for the evening when I saw this moving across our yard atop the grass. I dashed back inside the house, went up the stairs to retrieve the camera while; Faith kept watch.
I brought the boys, Lisa and Sarah back outside with me. I took a few shots with my camera as Lisa was looking for a bucket. We found out from our encounter these creatures can move like greased lightening.
We managed to get this beauty inside a bucket. And found out, spiders can climb smooth surfaces.
___I was really shocked! _____
Which was kinda freaky but, okay I kept tapping the bucket to keep it inside; hoping Lisa would find a lid.
Guess what, grand daughter Sarah kicked the bucket over (I COULD HAVE KILLED HER....LOL it was the first one on the farm.) and it ran under my farm truck: up into the engine -- curses! Much to my chagrin because; I would have kept it a few weeks for observation and teaching moments with the boys. (NOPE, I am not afraid of spiders either.)
My best guestimation is this was a male on his way to hunt for female since it is the begining of summer. He was rather large about 3-4 inches across. Either way, he was our first one and I hope to find more now that I have look up what their burrows look like. Note to self, get some boots and thick gloves for:
Tarantula Roundup, I just know there are some Mexican Red Knees around here.
Did you know males tarantulas can live several years but, the females can survive for a couple decades?