Above is a tarantula spotted at Anniversary Narrows on our way to Anniversary Peak.
He’s a bit muddy after all the rain from a few days prior.
What is a Tarantula
Below is a transcription of the above sign found at the Valley of Fire Visitor Center.
Tarantula – Aphonopelma chalcodes
Sandy to gravelly soil, open or brush covered.
2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) diameter including legs, heavy-bodied, hairy spider.
Color: brown or black
Southern Nevada, southern California, Arizona, New Mexico
ADAPTATION FOR SURVIVAL
Female digs long, tubular burrow which she lines with silk that sometimes extends outside the entrance and may aid in capture of insects.
She hibernates in burrow for winter; lives up to 20 years.
“Vagabond” male migrates to lower elevation where insects remain available into late autumn.
In early fall, groups of male spiders are often seen crossing roads during migration.
Spider is ferocious in appearance but very shy.
Bite is poisonous to insects and may harm very small children or very elderly adults, but is not dangerous to most people.