The Black Tarantula
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|The picture of this Tarantula is one of the pictures taken during my trip to the Wroclaw Zoo in Poland.|
Like other spiders, tarantulas have to shed their exoskeleton periodically in order to grow, a process called molting. Young tarantulas may do this several times a year as a part of their maturation process, while full grown specimens will only molt once a year or less, or sooner in order to replace lost limbs or lost urticating hairs. A tarantula is obviously going to molt (or "shed", as some call it) when the exoskeleton takes on a darker shade. If a tarantula previously used its urticating hairs, the bald patch will turn from a peach color to deep blue.
Tarantulas may live for years—most species taking 2 to 5 years to reach adulthood, but some species may take up to 10 years to reach full maturity. Upon reaching adulthood, males typically have but a 1 to 1.5 year period left to live and will immediately go in search of a female with which to mate. Male tarantulas rarely molt again once they reach adulthood. The oldest spider, according to Guinness World Records, lived to be 49 years old.
Females will continue to molt after reaching maturity. Female specimens have been known to reach 30 to 40 years of age, and have survived on water alone for up to 2.5 years. Grammostola rosea spiders are renowned for going for long periods without eating.
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Hello Kirti! Dangerous tarantula. Good macro. Very good sharpness. Original picture. Well done!
Ciao Kirti, how much spiders today...
fantastic macro with splendid tarantola, superb details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio
- [2009-04-01 12:48]
Bardzo ciekawy pająk. Trochę straszny z wyglądu.
a spectacular picture of Tarantula taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness and beautiful colours in a nice composition, very well done.
- [2009-04-01 16:27]
Exelente Macro de esta "Tarantula" Finos detalles a la vista gracias a la calidad en la fotografia.
nice composition, very well done.
Good picture, Kirti.
I have the notion that these spiders are poisonous.
The image is sharp, showing the hairy body of the subject in great detail.
Well done and TFS.