WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Thousands of male tarantulas have been emerging from the ground and crawling all over the San Francisco Bay area looking for mates.
- The tarantula mating season starts in late August and usually ends by the second week of fall but as a result of warm weather this month, this year’s mating season has been extended.
- Despite their creepy-looking appearance, tarantulas are generally not dangerous to humans.
Thousands of male tarantulas have been emerging from the ground and crawling all over the San Francisco Bay area in search of mates, CBS owned-and-operated television station KPIX reported.
Normally, arachnids are nocturnal but the hairy spiders are also known to crop up during the day.
The tarantula mating season usually starts in late August and ends by the second week of fall but due to this month’s warm weather in northern California, this year’s mating season has been extended.
“Great time of year. You only get to see it once a year,” Sonoma County Reptile Rescue Director Al Wolf told KPIX.
Generally, tarantulas are not considered dangerous to humans despite their creepy-looking appearance. Their bite may be painful, but tarantula’s venom is actually weaker than that of a bee.
“It’s often the nicest spider of the groups,” Wolf added. “It’s the littler spiders that we always have problems with. These big ones often don’t do anything to you.”
Male tarantulas usually live up to seven years while the females can live up to 30 years. During the mating season, the males spin webs and deposit their sperm on the web’s surface. They mate with the females by using leglike appendages near their mouths. A tarantula couple can produce up to 1,000 youngs.
According to Live Science, most tarantulas can be found in the warmer regions of the US — the southwestern states. As of now, there are more than 850 species of tarantulas in the world.