Spider Mating Season in CaliforniaMissy Henriksen
Saturday, August 16, 2014
A bit earlier than usual, tarantulas in
Mount Diablo State Park have started their annual march to find
mates. The spiders are usually seen around September or October,
but rangers say the weather has the spiders
starting earlier this year.
Tarantulas only bite in defense and are a protected species
within the state park. The most dangerous part of these arachnids is probably their hair
follicles, which can cause allergic reactions.
Male tarantulas live for five to eight years before mating and
dying, while female tarantulas can live up to 30 years.