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A Chilean beautiful tarantula (Euathlus truculentus,) at the Butterfly Pavilion.

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A Chilean beautiful tarantula (Euathlus truculentus,) at the Butterfly Pavilion.

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A female pink toed tarantula (Avicularia avicularia) from a private collection.

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A female pink toed tarantula (Avicularia avicularia) from a private collection.

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A Brazilian striped redrump (Lasiodora cristata) at Safari Park Dvur Kralove.

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A Brazilian striped redrump (Lasiodora cristata) at Safari Park Dvur Kralove.

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A Tanzanian baboon tarantula (Encyocratella olivacea) from a private collection. This spider species inhabits the slopes of Mt. Meru which is 2200m above sea level. Temperatures there fall as low as 4 degrees at night.

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A Tanzanian baboon tarantula (Encyocratella olivacea) from a private collection. This spider species inhabits the slopes of Mt. Meru which is 2200m above sea level. Temperatures there fall as low as 4 degrees at night.

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A tarantula (Reversopelma petersi) from a private collection. This species lives in the Amazon rainforest. It can stick its abdomen high into the air and shed stinging hairs as a form of defense.

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A tarantula (Reversopelma petersi) from a private collection. This species lives in the Amazon rainforest. It can stick its abdomen high into the air and shed stinging hairs as a form of defense.

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An LSD earth tiger (Thrigmopoeus psychedelicus). This species has a distinctive metallic blue-green sheen on both its carapace and abdomen. This is a very rare species, it is only known from a very few localities.

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An LSD earth tiger (Thrigmopoeus psychedelicus). This species has a distinctive metallic blue-green sheen on both its carapace and abdomen. This is a very rare species, it is only known from a very few localities.

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An LSD earth tiger (Thrigmopoeus psychedelicus). This species has a distinctive metallic blue-green sheen on both its carapace and abdomen. This is a very rare species, it is only known from a very few localities.

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A golden blue leg baboon tarantula (Harpactira pulchripes) from a private collection.

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A golden blue leg baboon tarantula (Harpactira pulchripes) from a private collection.

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An amber baboon tarantula (Harpactira cafreriana) from a private collection. One of the smallest species from South Africa, and one of rarest members of its genus.

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A bumblebee tarantula (Neoholothele fasciaaurinigra) from a private collection.

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A bumblebee tarantula (Neoholothele fasciaaurinigra) from a private collection.

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An Amazon slender leg tarantula (Maraca horrida) from a private collection.

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An Amazon slender leg tarantula (Maraca horrida) from a private collection.

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A lesser baboon spider (Harpactirella lightfooti) from a private collection. This species is native to South Africa. This small spider is highly venomous.

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A lesser baboon spider (Harpactirella lightfooti) from a private collection. This species is native to South Africa. This small spider is highly venomous.

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Two Costa Rican redleg tarantulas (Megaphobema mesomelas) from a private collection. The male is smaller.

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Two Costa Rican redleg tarantulas (Megaphobema mesomelas) from a private collection. The male is smaller.

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An Asian tarantula (Haplocosmia himalayana) from a private collection.

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An Asian tarantula (Haplocosmia himalayana) from a private collection.

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An undescribed tarantula species from Columbia (Pseudhapalopus sp. Blue) from a private collection.

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An undescribed tarantula species from Columbia (Pseudhapalopus sp. Blue) from a private collection.

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A tarantula (Ceratogyrus hillyardi) from a private collection. This genus is native to southern Africa. This genus is known to have horns, however, this is one of two species in this genus that is hornless.

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A tarantula (Ceratogyrus hillyardi) from a private collection. This genus is native to southern Africa. This genus is known to have horns, however, this is one of two species in this genus that is hornless.

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A tarantula (Harpactira dictator) from a private collection. This species lives in burrows that it digs and lines with silk. It hunts by lying at the entrance to its burrow.

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A tarantula (Harpactira dictator) from a private collection. This species lives in burrows that it digs and lines with silk. It hunts by lying at the entrance to its burrow.

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A (Phormingochilus everetti) from a private collection.

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A (Phormingochilus everetti) from a private collection.

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A tarantula (Grammostola anthracina) from a private collection.

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A tarantula (Grammostola anthracina) from a private collection.

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