World's Prettiest Tarantula Takes Best in Show 2014
A Socotra Island Blue Baboon spider took top honors at the 29th annual exhibition of the British Tarantula Society.
This is the big one, the prestige event, the oldest and best-attended show of its kind anywhere in the world. A trophy here can make a breeder's reputation.
As ever, the judges were looking for perfection: a glistening coat, an alert, active demeanor, correct proportions, coloring, and conformity to type. Stance is important too. The legs—all eight of them—should be upright and perfectly poised. That's right. You heard correctly. All eight.
Welcome to the 29th Annual Exhibition of the British Tarantula Society, the Crufts of the spider world, held on May 18 in Coventry, in England's West Midlands, and attended by more than 30,000 tarantulas and their enthusiastic keepers.
The winner of this year's Best in Show was a Socotra Island