This true blue beauty is a gooty sapphire tarantula at the Dallas Zoo. Native to the forests of Gooty, a small town in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, these spiders’ bright coloring comes from tiny hairs that line their body. They are quick and extremely venomous—a single bite can leave a human in excruciating pain that can last over a week. Sadly, due to deforestation, the species is currently critically endangered.
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