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Tarantulas: It’s spider time on Mount Diablo

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 6:24 am in Mount Diablo, Spiders, Tarantulas.

Tarantula on Mount Diablo. Photo by Ray Mengel, Bay Point, Ca.
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I thought you might be interested in a recent tarantula photo I took on Mount Diablo on October 1. Cheers.
Ray Mengel, Bay Point, CA

Hi Ray:
Always good to get one of your always beautiful tarantula photos from Mount Diablo.

For those of you who don’t know, this is the best time of year to see tarantulas in the wild and Mount Diablo is the BEST place to see one of these big, beautiful (and gentle!) spiders. Male tarantulas come out in the fall, in great numbers after the first fall rain, to search for female tarantulas. Lucky (??) males who find females will get a chance to breed before the big female spiders sometimes kill and eat them. Hey, it’s a tarantula thing.

Drive carefully when you go up the mountain to see them. There’s often a lot of those big spiders crawling across the road. When you stop to take a look, treat them gently. They’re actually quite fragile. Yes, they can bite, but it takes a lot to provoke them. The bite, I can tell you from first-hand experience, is about like a bee sting. Have fun! /Gary

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One Response to “Tarantulas: It’s spider time on Mount Diablo”

  1. Diane S. Says:

    Thanks for being back! I’ve missed your posts. They are a reprieve from the world of human craziness.

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