It’s Big and Hairy!

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TARANTULA!

It appears to be mating season for these hairy guys, and yes, those would be the fellows out looking for a fella! You may have heard of the term “tarantula migrations”, but that is misleading, what actually is happening is the males are out looking for the scent of the female!

Tarantulas are quite scary, considering their size, however they are not poisonous to humans! Their venom is as bad as a bumble bee, according to National Geographic.
In the wild, a Tarantula can live to be up to 30 years old…..those would probably be the females.
Why you may ask? After the mating rituals, the females will sometimes eat the males!

I must admit, this is the first time I have ever seen a Tarantula in the wild,
and after doing research on them, I am quite hopeful that I will see more!

A tarantula can usually be compared to the size of a teacup. This one wasn't that big!
A tarantula can usually be compared to the size of a teacup. This one wasn’t that big!

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A very pretty brown.... that is, if spiders are pretty?
A very pretty brown…. that is, if spiders are pretty?
I helped him safely across the road!
I helped him safely across the road!

Tarantula Aphonopelma chalcodes – National Geographic
Animal Fact Sheet – Tarantula : Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

One Reply to “It’s Big and Hairy!”

  1. The only tarantula we’ve ever seen in the wild was in Colorado, as we were screaming up Route 9 toward Breckenridge in a rental car, up around 8,500-9,000 feet in elevation.

    We blew past it in the middle of the road around 70+ miles per hour and I instantly slammed on the brakes. Cindy was all alarmed and wanted to know if I’d lost my mind. I told her we had just passed the biggest spider I’d ever seen and we were going back to look at it. She love critters, so was immediately on board with the plan.

    The huge tarantula — about double the size of the one you show here, and missing a lot of hair on the abdomen — was still delicately making its way over to the road shoulder by the time we got back to it, so we parked the car (we never saw another vehicle the entire time) and followed it on foot off into the brush, watching it intently for a good 10-15 minutes or so without otherwise bothering it.

    Very cool. And we didn’t know they made it up to that altitude.

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