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Description

Tarantulas are the largest spider with a body length of about 1 1/2″ to 2 1/2″, plus long their legs. Their bodies are light to dark brown and have body hair that causes irritation to skin and eyes.

Tarantulas live in burrows in the ground, under rocks or logs, or under tree bark. It will spin webbing inside, with strands leading out the burrow entrance to alert it to potential prey outside. Normally the Tarantula will stay in or very close to its burrow, coming out only at night or to catch prey that gets too close. However, during mating season males may venture out in search of females.

Tarantulas are not aggressive spiders, but will attack if provoked, raising up on their back legs to threaten their attacker. A tarantula bite may be painful to humans but rarely causes severe reactions. Guide a wandering Tarantula into a container and relocate it away from your home.

Color

Brown

Size

up to 2 1/2”

Tarantula

Tarantulas (Theraphosa apophysis) are the largest known arachnids. On average, they measure 7 to 10 cm in length. However, they are capable of exceeding 30 cm. Tarantulas occur in a variety of colors, sizes and habitats. Many are black or brown in color and have hairy bodies. Tarantula species are distinguishable from other spiders by the dense body hair. Several species also bear distinct stripes along their legs. The perceived size of specimens is oftentimes exaggerated, due to the tarantula’s abundant hair. This hair, which covers the entire body of the tarantula, serves as a defense mechanism against predators. Although frightening in appearance, tarantulas are only aggressive when provoked.

Control Advice

Move vegetation and garden timbers away from house, close doors to discourage wandering males.

Active Seasons

Tarantulas are most active in spring, summer and fall.

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