Arachnophobia is fear of spiders or spider related creatures, arachnids, like scorpions and crabs. We sometimes have encounters with the bigger species like tarantulas.
Tarantulas can grow to up to 20 cm in size. This one was hiding in a pile of wood, normally they hide underground in holes. They don’t show any signs of aggression, but they do warn you not to attack. They are able to launch the hairs on their backside with a stroke of their legs, which can cause severe irritation if these hairs penetrate your skin. They can only do that once and they’re clearly reluctant to use this method of self defense.
Above another tarantula, note the pattern on its back. Tarantulas are not the only big spiders around. Below two other types. If you know their names please let us know. They are both between 12 and 15 cm long.
Spiders and other hunters are important elements of any ecosystem. For example we have grasshoppers here that are up to 8 cm long. Without bigger predators like tarantulas it would be difficult to keep them in check.
We also regularly see scorpions, but they are a bit smaller, up to 10 cm long. The one below we found on a towel. It’s always important here to look at what you pick up to avoid being stung by accident. However, as long as you’re careful there really is not a lot to worry about.
A month ago we met this land crab inside the house, we had no idea they live here too. We caught it with a bucket and put it back outside. It’s great to see so much diversity around here 🙂