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    04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    Member Len (username: tallymebanana) was able to get permission for a small group of people to do some fossil hunting out at Baculite Mesa. As you may recall, we went there with the Pike's Peak Herp Society last year. It's a bit too early in the season to be looking for wildlife, but that didn't stop me.

    It was windy so I had no plans of finding any rattlers. We did happen across many active tarantula burrows, though. The ground was so dry that flushing them out of their burrows wasn't very fruitful for us. As we were heading back to the vehicles we thought we'd try our luck one last time, and well:

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    We flushed out a gorgeous juvenile.

    You can see more photos at the club's Flickr album.

    I still have to take photos of all the awesome fossils I found and took home. I didn't realize how big Baculite Mesa is. That first trip we probably only covered a small percentage of the land.

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    Re: 04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    gorgeous tarantula!! wow!!

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    Re: 04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    been thinking of adding another terrestrial to my collection (specifically a CO native!), might have to go somewhere near the area and find one!

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    Re: 04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    I just might have to join you Widowman! lol awesome T there Bell!

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    Re: 04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    Don't fret! We will plan another field trip down there. We just need to give the Ts a little more time to get active! And now I know where to go to find some neat fossils, too... so there's that.

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    Re: 04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    i'll be there

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    Re: 04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    That was a neat place to go to. I miss being able to go for a hike and find Ts, scorps, and rattlers.

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    Re: 04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    here's a cute little link with some info on colorado tarantulas. it's good for a few of the pictures inside:

    http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/bspm/e...Tarantulas.pdf

    there seems to be records of 4 species in colorado:
    A. vogelae
    A. hentzi
    A. echinum
    A. coloradanum (only 1 record)

    i have a map with coordinates (blue drop points) of where the closest T's were found to baculite mesa. closest ones were about 10 miles as the crow flies. the coordinates of baculite are:
    38.3925 N
    -104.55472 W

    currently searching for great scientific descriptions for each specie. shouldn't be too hard to find, right?! my search fu is decreasing as it gets closer to 4 o'clock

    armed with this info, as well as VERY detailed info on the species, we might be able to do something!

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    Re: 04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    this link has references to the original descriptions of all aphonopelma species. they are currently undergoing major revisions though i hear...

    http://www.exoticfauna.com/tarantula...honopelma.html

    seems like the copies are all in hard print and only available through major academic bookstores.

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    Re: 04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    this link has references to the original descriptions of all aphonopelma species. they are currently undergoing major revisions though i hear...

    http://www.exoticfauna.com/tarantula...honopelma.html

    seems like the copies are all in hard print and only available through major academic bookstores.

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    Re: 04/29/2012: Baculite Mesa

    We have 2 Aphonopelma Coloradanum and love them! They were both caught wild. Very docile and easy to handle, great appitites!

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