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  • Aphonopelma ssp in Texas

    Hello everyone, thought I would share some pics of two Aphonopelma species that live wild in my area. My family has a ranch in W Tx, and its an excellent place to search for and study them. We seem to have two species, one which is probably Aphonopelma steindachneri and the other is just called sp "Carlsbad Green".

    This map shows the general area of where our land is located. It actually covers the corners of Andrews, Winkler, and Ector county, to be more exact.
    http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d1...ounty-map2.gif

    The males of both species start walking in late June. Most people in my area call it the "Great Tarantula Migration" and no matter what I tell them wont change their minds. The males seem to be attracted to the roads, maybe because of the vibrations of the passing cars, so it does seem a bit as though they are migrating.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...3/100_9518.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...3/100_9507.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...3/100_9705.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...3/100_9707.jpg

    This mature male was still living in a burrow, I flushed it out with some water thinking it was the burrow of a female.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...3/100_9524.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...3/100_9525.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...3/100_9527.jpg

    The females have really nice, deep burrows. Its amazing to see how deep they can go, especially in our extremely sandy soil. I have yet to find the two species living close to each other, but its very common to find one species living in large "communities." I have found as many as 25 in a 50 square yard area.

    This is a sp "Carlsbad Green" I found and collected last summer.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...3/100_9731.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...3/100_9735.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...3/100_9736.jpg

    Here is the burrow of another small sp "Carlsbad Green" that I collected. I flushed it from the burrow with water, and after photographing it, couldnt get it to go back into the burrow. It just kept walking away, and so I ended up taking it home with me. I wasnt prepaired to collect, so I ended up walking half a mile with the spider cupped in my hand, lol.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_0540.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_0542.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_0546.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_0556.jpg

    This was the burrow of a female I found about 6ft away from the previous spider. She was fairly large, but very skinny. She also seemed to have a wound on her abdomen.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_0533.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_0534.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_0535.jpg

    These pictures should give yall and idea what the land is like. Its very very flat, and very very dry. We actually have no natural standing water, and rainfall is only about 14in a year average. Between September of last year, and July of this year, we actually got no rain on our ranch at all. Then in August, we had severe thunderstorms, and got as much as 8" in one week. (You can see a pumpjack in the first picture. They are used in the pumping of oil and natural gas.)
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_1853.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_1827.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_4170.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6/IMG_4168.jpg

    I hope yall enjoy the pics!

    /Sky
    My bucket of photos

  • #2
    Brilliant Sky, thanks for posting those.
    Dave

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    • #3
      Really very interesting Sky, thank you.
      Lasiodora parahybana

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      • #4
        Excellent quality pictures and always nice to see tarantulas in their natural habitat something I would love to do myself. One of the great things about parts of the US I would love to live in is the untapped resourcefor great flora and fauna. Must be great experience to walk out your back yard and find a tarantula burrow or colony of scoprions under a log. The most interesting thing I discover is slow worms and large yard or wolf spiders.

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        • #5
          Great to see these in the wild, I'd love to do it myself, but would never collect them-I couldnt bring myself to disturb their lairs for my own gratification.
          My Collection: - Spiders are everywhere, so live with it
          Ray Gabriel






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          • #6
            Originally posted by Adam Smith (pe@nut) View Post
            Excellent quality pictures and always nice to see tarantulas in their natural habitat something I would love to do myself. One of the great things about parts of the US I would love to live in is the untapped resourcefor great flora and fauna. Must be great experience to walk out your back yard and find a tarantula burrow or colony of scoprions under a log. The most interesting thing I discover is slow worms and large yard or wolf spiders.
            What I wouldn't give to find slow worms in my garden! I haven't seen one since I was about 12 years old!
            Lasiodora parahybana

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            • #7
              Well I lived in Devon for 3 years and came across a couple at a certain time of year. I took one home with me and kept it for a while because it was night time on a pavement heading towards a road that was quite bust. Kept it couple weeks then released it cos looked pregnant. It was great though... I felt like I was a 12 year old again.

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              • #8
                Great pictures sky.
                on the subject of slow worms, in my back garden there are a good 10-20 they love it there the last time i looked i found 8 all different sizes. They seem to like the woodpile that we have in the garden. allways some around there. The spiders also love it
                Dan.

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                • #9
                  My brother gets loads of them in his back garden. There great though I can never understand why they call them slow worms.
                  Great pictures sky. your very luky. Hope I see them like that when I visit my friend in Canada. Do you support the Texas Rangers by any chance.

                  Regards

                  H...

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                  • #10
                    Amazing

                    Thank you for posting such an interesting thread.
                    At the moment I am really in to the Aphono's and hopeing to find some lings at one or two of the spider shows this year.

                    The 'Carlsbad Green' is a stunning looking T
                    Look forward to seeing many more of your photo's
                    BTS Member and proud!!

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                    • #11
                      Wow great thread, thanks for posting!!

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                      • #12
                        I cant say how much those pictures have made my day, Aphonopelma is without question my favorite genus, pictures are superb many thanks for sharing

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                        • #13
                          beautiful T's and very interesting to see the habitat, burrow and male pics too!
                          i was lucky to buy some spiders that turned out to be carlsbad green... was rather excited to say the least. they are beautiful!

                          ...would be curious to see some of the steindachneri too!

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