Spoot was found wandering down a street in Palo Alto by a Hoover family and then adopted by us in the Spring of 1997. We think she was probably a female. Spoot spent most of the day without moving, but was very quick when pouncing on a cricket. She usually ate one cricket a day, but could go several weeks without eating anything at all.

In the summer of 1998 Spoot stopped eating, indicating that she had either become a vegetarian (which is a dangerous choice for a tarantula) or was nearing the end of her spider life span. Not being an especially active creature, it was difficult to tell.

Spoot was buried in our backyard in late August 1998. We still miss her furry presence on the desk in the kitchen.

Spoot’s favorite piece of art was a lithograph by Odilon Redon called Araignée (Spider).   Araignee
Spider Rock    Spoot would have liked to visit Canyon de Chelly In Arizona to see Spider Rock, a monolith of rock 800 feet high. According to Navajo legends, Spider Rock was the home of Spider Woman (Old Mother Tarantula). These legends describe an enormous spider who would climb down from the rock to catch children and carry them back to the top to eat. Some Navajo parents told their children that the streaks of white quartz at the top of the monolith were the bones of the disobedient children who had been eaten by the spider.

Walking Spider

Spoot’s favorite links to tarantula sites:

Room 17 Home Page | Ms. Surber’s Page

Spoot created this site on 7/9/97. Page maintained by Lucinda Surber.

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