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Published on Oct 23, 2009
This tarantula was encountered near the mouth of Knight Canyon in the Argus Range in October of 2009. It seems that October is the month for tarantulas here in the northern Mojave Desert. While working on the song that accompanies this video, I did a little research on tarantulas. While tarantulas can bite with their fangs, the greater concern is their urticating hairs (hairs that are barbed and mildly venomous). Although usually no worse than a bee sting, the hairs can cause problems if they get into the eyes or are inhaled in any way. Also I found out that tarantulas have eight eyes and occasionally eat lizards and mice! Very interesting little creatures. Apparently, although the spinnerets look threatening, they're just used to help manage web silk.