I admittedly am not a "spider person" and that's never going to change. How anyone keeps them as pets is beyond me. However, I respect a spider's place the ecosystem and do my best to avoid killing them.
The spider in my photo is most commonly known as a tarantula but is also referred to as a "wolf spider". This tarantula was on display at the St. Louis Zoo, located in St. Louis, Missouri. Fortunately there was a thick pane of glass separating it from me!
Tarantulas are named after Taranto "Taranto," which is a seaport city located in southern Italy -- the region where the spiders are frequently found. That's something to think about the next time you consider traveling to Italy!
This is my entry for @kus-knee's Spider Photo Contest. Learn more here: https://steemit.com/contest/@kus-knee/the-old-dog-presents-the-spindly-spider-spook-fest
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