If you fear tarantulas, stay far away from southeast Colorado right now — they’re everywhere! It’s their mating season, and thousands of the all-male Texas brown tarantulas have descended upon that region.
The tarantulas have reached sexual maturity, which means they are about 10 years old.
They typically head to Colorado from August to October.
Many people find the furry arachnids creepy-looking, as their leg span is 4 to 5 inches. It’s important to know, though, that Texas brown tarantulas are “completely docile,” Mario Padilla, head entomologist at the Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center in Colorado, told CNN.
Tarantulas do have venom, but they can’t do too much damage. “Even if you accidentally provoke one into attacking you, its venom will affect you only about as much as a bee sting would.”
Still, we’re good with staying far away from these critters.
During their time in southeastern Colorado, these tarantulas are looking for the ladies in prairie grass, such as what’s in the Comanche National Grassland area. Female tarantulas are often found in the burrows. A male will journey up to a burrow and drum outside the opening.
But here’s the not-so-great news for the little guy who traveled to get some action and knocked on the door: He will likely die two to three months after mating. But that’s only if he isn’t first eaten by a female tarantula!
What a way to go.