Tarantula Crossing (or “Why I Don’t Go Into the Jungle”)

1 Sep

So on our trip to La Ruta de los Cenotes this weekend, I mentioned that you can often see Yucatan animals crossing the road. On our way back from Cenote Lucero Verde, we stopped when we saw this bad boy crawling out of the jungle:

Posted in full size so you can take in every hairy detail

I asked my father-in-law if I could get out and take a picture because… well, because I’m a blogger and that’s what we do. I would have put my hand side-by-side for a size comparison, but I’m not suicidal. (Just trust me when I say it was roughly the size of my face.)

I’ve identified it as a Yucatan Rust Rump Tarantula.

12 Responses to “Tarantula Crossing (or “Why I Don’t Go Into the Jungle”)”

  1. Raymundo September 1, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Awesome Pic, thanks for posting.

  2. DM September 1, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Ick. Double ickety ick. And before I’ve had my coffee too. Now, may I also say that it’s kinda pretty? I mean the rust color on its back combined with the black. Still ickety ick, though.

  3. Ang September 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    ugh, i don’t even know what to say – that thing looks.. awful!

  4. KfromMichigan September 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I’d crap my pants if I saw that thing!

  5. lisa n javi September 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    eww yucky

  6. Rita Gervais September 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    My recent bug photo is still uglier than your bug photo.

  7. ashlie September 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm #


  8. Nikki September 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    I just cringed!

  9. Krysten September 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    Is it weird that I saw that and thought, “Cool!” I probably would have cringed if I saw it in person though lol.

  10. Kristi September 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    That is cool!!!

  11. Ceri September 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Woah. Okay, I’m not scared of spiders at all but I am slightly terrified that I’m heading to a country filled with scorpions and tarantulas the size of your face!

  12. GRRRL TRAVELER September 21, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    Yow! Are they dangerous?

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