National Geographic : 1933 Aug
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Approximately one-half natural size OUR COMMON WESTERN TARANTULA CRAWLS NEATLY OUT OF HIS SKIN Though fearsome looking, with sharp fangs (lower inset) and large fuzzy body (upper inset), this adult male merits the friendship of his human neighbors in southwestern States, for he feeds on grasshoppers and roaches. The bite of the species is painful but not poisonous to man. MEMBERS OF ONLY ONE SPECIES EXCEED THIS GIANT IN SIZE The Central American tarantula, Sericopelma communis, of which the specimen here shown is an adult male, catches and kills birds, but it is smaller than the TheraphosaleblondiofSouth America. Though extremely painful, its bite does not cause death.