Secondly, both males and females spend most of their life in and around their burrows, which are dug into the ground in sparsely vegetated areas.

After spending the day hiding in their silk-lined burrows (or perhaps under a rock), where they are tolerably cool and safe from predators, tarantulas come out to hunt as sunset approaches and return to their burrows near sunrise. They then subdue it using two large fangs, which inject a venom that liquefies the inside of the prey’s body. Like wolves and sharks, tarantulas have been cast in the role of ferocious, thoroughly repulsive predators. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! That area of the desert is quiet so it was easy for me to hear the sound of an engine in the distance over the sound of my own excited heartbeat. Threats posed by human activities are minimal.

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I saw some birds in the Stansbury Mountains including an adult Swainson’s Hawk upchucking a pellet, a gorgeous immature Ferruginous Hawk, four small flocks of Wild Turkeys and saw lots of smaller birds. The Latest Articles from the National Parks Traveler. I’m wondering if your friend found baby tarantulas, because adult tarantulas usually live alone. I stumbled upon your tarantula article while researching Gabbs NV. Kiss of the Tarantula (1976) is a horror movie that has the teenage daughter of a mortuary operator unleashing pet tarantulas against her foes. When it feels threatened, the spider can also flick its urticating (barbed) hairs onto your skin, which can be irritating. Within this limited range it is actually very common, especially in open shrublands and sparse grasslands with dry, sandy, well-drained soils. The males caught in the wild are likely to be about ten years old (breeding age) and can't be expected to live much more than a year after capture.
Thanks for you efforts in environmental education! I have several of these fascinating critters in my native plant landscaped yard in El Paso Texas. Of course, I react very strongly to all insect bites so I was careful when I moved this one and made sure he didn’t get close to my hand. Tarantulas are also hunted in their own homes by a parasitic wasp known as the Tarantula Hawk. Sadly, we also noted at least half a dozen killed crossing the road. The main defense a tarantula has against predators is to use its back legs to fling hairs from its belly at the attacker. There was a tarantula outbreak at a water plant where I worked. In the Southern California wash (flood control) is where I found some scorpions when a teen but never came across a tarantula, so thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure this day. Despite its fearsome appearance, this fascinating arachnid is docile, reclusive, and nearly harmless.
Well, no, not just to get to the other side. Since his wife didn't want the spider, we kept it, and have very much enjoyed having it in our home.

The common desert tarantula is Aphonopelma chalcodes. Needless to say, females grow bigger than the males. Here in southern Nevada, the march goes from September to October. I can’t tell you how many tarantulas I saw crossing those dirt roads during those drives because there were so many but I was always delighted to see them. Definitely not – a female will kill and eat males that do not suit her. Their hairs can be irritating because they have barbs on the ends so it is probably wise to wear gloves when handling them. Stokes Nature Center, Allred, Dorald M., B. J. Kaston. Desert Tarantulas are large, hairy spiders that are primarily black, brown and tan in coloration. In the Sonoran Desert, tarantulas grow to a length of 3 to 4 inches (70-100 mm).