Photos: Giant spiders bred to be pets

 

 
 
 
 
One of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
 
 

One of the around 5,000 spiders bred at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013. Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.

Photograph by: MARTIN BERNETTI, AFP/Getty Images

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Farm near Santiago breeds over 5,000 big spiders that are harmless to humans and exported to Europe, Asia and the U.S. to be kept as pets.

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One of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
 

One of the around 5,000 spiders bred at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013. Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.

Photograph by: MARTIN BERNETTI, AFP/Getty Images

 
One of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
A spider, one of the around 5,000  bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago, sucks a worm,  on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
A worker holds a spider egg with newborn spiders at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
A few of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
Chilean agronomist Juan Carlos Orellana poses with a spider on his cheek at his spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
One of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
A few of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
A worker holds a spider at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
A few of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
A worker takes a box with spiders from the farm storage at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
One of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
A few of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
One of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
Boxes with newborn spiders  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
An assistan shows the chaelicerae (venomous fang-like appendages) (top) of one of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
One of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
A few of the around 5,000 spiders bred  at a spider farm in Batuco, some 30 km north of Santiago on May 22, 2013.  Orellana’s farm breeds a species of spiders (Grammostola mollicoma) --which despite its big size are harmless for humans-- and exports them  with great success to Europe, Asia and The U.S.A. to be kept as pets.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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