Borneo Tarantula

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Is this a Tarantula (Common Name: Bird Spider)? I saw it many times on the TV, but this was the first time I spotted this big and famous spider. One day I was trekking in a forest on a hill. I decided to stay around after the sunset, coz I knew I would see very different world in the evening, the time most creepy animals came out for meal. The only price I need to pay is to be the free buffet for swarm of mosquitoes.
Spider, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

However, I was surprised to see this hairy spider stayed motionless on a grass. I quickly took a few pictures of it. To get different shooting angle, I carefully moved the grass where it rested. Even though I heard no Sabah people died of spider venomous bite, I didn’t dare to touch it. Once threaten, Tarantula will detach its hair and launch it to the air, which will cause serious irritation if it gets into your nose (by breathing), eyes, or skin.
Tarantula, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Luckily it was a shy predator. It tried to run away and hide from me. Soon the day was getting really dark and my camera had problem to focus (XYZ the ISO400 limit), so I used a mini-LED table lamp to light up the place.
Spider, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Does it look BIG in the photos? Haha… actually its body only an inch long (2.5 inches if include legs). But I am not sure if it will grow to a palm size, like its cousin in Americas. Anyway, I beat these are rare pictures coz I haven’t seen the photo of “Borneo Tarantula” in other books and web sites.
Tarantula, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Update (Apr 14, 2007)
Last week I found a place where you can spot more than 50 Tarantula spider in less than an hour. Don’t believe me? Let me show you how. Go to Kinabalu National Park around 8 PM or 9 PM. Look for the wooden fence next to the main road. Check out the holes in the wood. Very likely you will find Tarantula with its body partly exposed outside.

Tarantula, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

All of them are bigger than the one I found in KK. Their size ranges from 3 to 4 or 5 inches.
Tarantula, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

6 thoughts on “Borneo Tarantula

  1. Man where do you find all this stuff!! This is seriously another cool find. I’ve always loved spiders, cool little hairy things which spray hair at ya!! hehe ok, keep up the good work!!

  2. Cartenman, if you read the update, you will know where to find 50, or even 100, of them. 🙂

  3. The biggest spider I have seen in Sabah was many years ago underneath the sink in my old house in the kampung. It was red in colour and must have been at least 6-8 inches in diameter. I looked it up – it must’ve been a goliath spider.

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