If you’d like to get a look at a tarantula in the wild, now is a good time to go for a pleasant hike on Mount Diablo. The mountain is one of the best places in the Bay Area to see these giant spiders.
Just be careful when driving up the mountain … there could be a lot of tarantulas crawling on or across the road. (Brake for tarantulas!)
These large hairy spiders, while looking fearsome, are actually very gentle creatures … and quite fragile. A drop of 2-feet could kill them. Yes, tarantulas will bite if mishandled, but the bite of our local tarantula is like a bee sting. It can hurt, but unless you are allergic to insect or spider bites, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Every fall in the months of September and October, male tarantulas crawl out of their burrows to take off on their annual fall migration to search for female tarantulas so they can breed.
Actually, you might call it more of an annual fall ramble. Enjoy. /Gary