Wednesday, January 10, 2018


When Erika and I returned to the Ensenada Lodge on the afternoon of 8 July, the hotel folks were all pleased to have captured this tarantula. I suspect it is a Costa Rican Red-legged Tarantula. They are relatively non-aggressive and grow to a leg-length of five inches. iNaturalist shows their range to be restricted to Costa Rica.  While looking for Internet information on this species, Megaphobema mesomelas, I was surprised at the robust pet-industry interest in tarantulas.

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