Utah Tarantula, Baboon Spiders- Araneae Theraphosidae Aphonopelma iodius
Tarantula's eyes surrounded by a darker "V" pattern which is
an identifier for the Utah Tarantula
In front of cave like structure where
crickets (dinner) like to hide
Close-up of chelicera
Close-up showing claws and claw tuft at
end of tarsus and the spur on the tibia
Close-up of mating spur used by
males to restrain females
Close-up of spinnerets
Close-up of abdomen showing reddish orange
Just after catching a cricket which took
hours for him to consume.
He caught it in the early afternoon and after I shot three photos using
flash, he took it into his cave to enjoy it in peace.
According to his
caretaker, John Richards, he eats about one cricket a week.
In captivity these Tarantulas will feed on
crickets and the crickets like spinach and lettuce
Details - ©Nicky Davis
Located in Herriman
City, Salt Lake County, Utah and given to John
Richards who loaned him to me to photograph.
Photos of male Utah
Tarantula - Aphonopelma
nocturnal sit and wait predators and stay close to their
burrows. Some female tarantula in captivity have lived 30
years. Females in captivity are reported to mature at a minimum
of seven years in this species - iodius (Chamberlin & Ivie 1939b)
and continue to molt throughtout their lives. Females continue to
use burrows after maturity but males leave them to find females during
the breeding season.
Pronunciation of Theraphosidae
is ther - ah - FO - si - dee
"Spiders of North
America" D. ubick, P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing and V. Roth, illustrations
by N. Duperre.
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