INDIO ( — Hikers be warned – the National Park Service says it’s now tarantula mating season.

The mating season of tarantulas lasts through the end of October, according to the National Park Service officials at Joshua Tree National Park.

Experts say females typically stay inside, so if one is spotted, it’s a male looking for its mate.

The spiders move slowly, but park officials urge people not to touch them.

Comments (8)
  1. welcom baby spiders welcome to hell now bite everyone and kill them

  2. curmudgeoninchief says:

    Nothing worse than a bunch of hairy, eight-legged menaces looking for a little action.

  3. SukieTawdry says:

    Don’t touch them? Not a problem.

  4. Ty says:

    “Hikers be warned” of what? The slow moving males are often killed in huge numbers as they cross roads, and they are all completely harmless. Tarantulas communicate perhaps more clearly than any other arachnid – they will display a threat posture well before they engage in defensive action. If anyone is bitten by a tarantula, it’s because they were too dense to “listen” to what the poor thing had to say and were either harassing it or didn’t think to look before they put on their boots. No spider has a brain, so they don’t understand that your boots or your tent are “yours,” all they perceive are some weird looking trees and great big predator animals. Be considerate of their size and the fact that they are driven to explore little hidey holes like boots because female tarantulas live in burrows of about that size. Afford them the same respect that you would any other wildlife, particularly in a National Park; don’t let your kids shove their fat fingers in the poor thing’s face, and do not harass them – let them walk unperturbed wherever they may be headed.

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