What should you be scared of in Cuenca?
When exploring options for moving abroad scary animals are often on the list of concerns. Some places have weird parasites that can enter your skin while swimming. Other places have poisonous snakes and other weird reptiles.But what does Cuenca have?
But what does Cuenca have?
Cuenca Has Tarantulas
So while Cuenca does’t have poisonous snakes or dangerous mammals it does have tarantulas. And you probably won’t see them unless you really look.
Sometimes in the early morning you can see some dead ones on the road – ones squished unknowingly from the night before. We had been here a full year before we saw our first live one – poor guy, he didn’t really have a chance. Dena saw him in the entrance and before he knew what hit him, his insides were outside…
Are Tarantulas Dangerous?
In Cuenca, not really. I did a little research and it seems that while some types of spiders can pack a punch, tarantulas are not deadly anywhere. Here in Cuenca, they will bite and (I’m told) it is similar to a bee sting, although I’ve get to experience it. In fact, I haven’t talked to anyone who has been bitten. I think you would have to either stick your hand inside of their hole or be a small insect to be bothered by them.
The pictures were taken on the lawn of a friends place where he was getting married. After parking we noticed the hole in the ground and looked closer to see this guy still at home.
Check out this video of a wolf spider we saw near Cuenca.
How Big Are The Tarantulas?
The photos are pretty deceiving. The actual size is about 2 inches in diameter. They look much less scary at this size.