Spider Mating Season in California

FAIRFAX, Va. (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.