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Philippine Dwarf Tarantula

Phlogiellus baeri


This one is a juvenile, measuring around 3.5 cm. As the name suggests they don't grow that big, usually around 2 inches. This one is probably out to search for a place to shelter or searching for food. They're quite common actually, I find them under my plant's pot or under rocks.


I usually find them under rocks, flower pots, and objects that have not been moved for a while. This tarantula species is native to the Philippines


Story time: I like tarantulas, so before, every time I see one of these I would catch them and keep them, not long ago I had one and it was doing well, but one day, when I checked it's burrow its empty and the ants actually ate him/her. Long ago, me and my older brother were moving some pots of plants when we uncovered a tarantula's nest and it seemed like it's a female because it had eggs. So my brother asked me if I could catch it, and I was stupid enough to follow what he said. As I was putting my hand closer to the tarantula, she was already doing her threat pose meaning she would bite me if I come any closer, but I did it anyways and so I got bitten. I flung my arm in all directions and the spider still won't detach, when it finally detached itself I was crying thinking I would die, especially that I don't know if it's even venomous, then my uncle came by and I ask him if this bite is dangerous, he has no idea, though he asked me to put ginger on the bite wound and so I did, probably to kill the venom or ease the pain, not sure. Luckily, the tarantula's venom wasn't enough to kill me and it didn't really did that much effect on me except pain for a few minutes. Now, I remind myself not to even touch these tarantulas and any other spiders without caution or knowledge of what the species is.

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Francis Floe
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Francis Floe

Iloilo City, Western Visayas, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 5, 2021
Submitted on Aug 5, 2021

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