I found Haplopelma minax (I’m guessing) – a Thailand tarantula spider. Many places online called this a very aggressive spider. It did attack the twig I was prodding him with – but, then that’s more defensive than anything.
Hmm, glad I read this…
Many in the hobby get bit by H. minax by under-estimating their speed and their habit of sitting still and then springing to life and running up an arm to bite multiple times. This is not a species for beginners!
Below is this tarantula video I put at YouTube.
You know how few of these spiders I’ve seen in Thailand? Very few. The most I ever saw was in Chong Mek on the Thai side – big bowls of them, already fried in oil. I never thought to eat one then, but now I have to admit I am curious about the taste. Some people in Isaan told me that the big hairy tarantula spiders were dee-licious after frying. Is that possible?
Spiders are scary and unpredictable. Scarier to eat than cockroaches, waterbugs, silkworms, bamboo worms – any of that stuff I ate for the Gross Grub YouTube series videos.
Here’s a short video of the smaller (3″) tarantula I found at the house. I have it in my tank now and will try to feed it tomorrow morning. Hope to get it on film. Maybe try a small gecko? Apparently the adults eat birds, mice, crickets, and cockroaches. I don’t see myself running around with a net to try to catch a bird to feed this one anytime soon. Roaches I’ll have a good time catching.
Here is the classification:
Species: H. minax