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Mexican Redknee Tarantula

Mexican Redknee Tarantula
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Copyright: Kirti M Rawat (kmr13777) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 67 N: 187] (703)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Spiders
Camera: sony cybershot DSC w1
Exposure: f/5.2, 1 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Spiders of the World, Photos by an amateur photographer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-02 6:24
Viewed: 6718
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another picture of a differemt species of Tarantulas from the Wroclaw Zoo in Poland.

Besides the normal "hairs" covering the body of tarantulas, some also have a dense covering of irritating hairs called urticating hairs, on the opisthosoma, that they sometimes use as protection against enemies.

These fine hairs are barbed and designed to irritate. They can be lethal to small animals such as rodents. Some people are extremely sensitive to these hairs, and develop serious itching and rashes at the site. Exposure of the eyes and breathing system to urticating hairs should be strictly avoided. Species with urticating hairs can kick these hairs off: they are flicked into the air at a target using their back pairs of legs. Tarantulas also use these hairs for other purposes such as to mark territory or to line their shelters (the latter such practice may discourage flies from feeding on the spiderlings). Urticating hairs do not grow back, but are replaced with each molt. The intensity, amount, and flotation of the hairs depends on the species of Tarantula. Many owners of Goliath Bird Eating Spiders (Theraphosa Blondi) claim that Theraphosae have the worst urticating hairs.

To predators and other kinds of enemies, these hairs can range from being lethal to simply being a deterrent. With humans, they can cause irritation to eyes, nose, and skin, and more dangerously, the lungs and airways, if inhaled. The symptoms range from species to species, from person to person, from a burning itch to a minor rash. In some cases, tarantula hairs have caused permanent damage to human eyes. Tarantula hair has been used as the main ingredient in the novelty item "itching powder".

Source: Wikipedia

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Hallo Kirti
This spider's colours and markings reminds me of that of a bee's. The colour and details captured on this spider is great and it is actually a very beautiful spider. (Although I do not like spiders at all.) I would also love to see one of these large misters for real, but I think I'll run when it gets to close. Luckily we have zoos where we can see these kind of creatures, knowing we are somewhat protected from them. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-02 22:25]

Hi Kirti !

An interesting picture with some beautiful colors.
A beautiful capture.

Have a good day,

Hi Kirti !
A splendid capture some excellent colors.
Congratulations and expect and more.
Have a nice day,

Hi Kirti,
Welcome back again:) You captured this hairy and dangeraous beauty from a wonderful POV withnice composition.
TFS and cheers,

Ciao Kirti, an other great macro of fantastic tarantola, splendid details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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