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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