Texas June 29, 2019
Giant Tarantulas Are Invading Texas By The Thousands This Summer
Everything is bigger in Texas – even the bugs. While it’s no secret that summer brings lots of critters out of the woodwork here in the hot, humid Lone Star State, the eight-legged variety will be especially populous. It’s mating season for the Texas Brown Tarantula, a large arachnid that lays up to 1,000 eggs at a time. C’mon, we know you want to see:
Over 1200 different species of tarantula can be found all across earth's Southern Hemisphere. Named after the Southern Italian town of Taranto, the somewhat ambiguous term describes any large, unfamiliar ground-dwelling spider.
Pictured here is the Mexican Redknee Tarantula, the type we're all most familiar with. The creature's black and orange hues jive perfectly with Halloween, making it something of a symbol for the holiday.
Everything is bigger in Texas - including the spiders. The Texas Brown Tarantula is one of the largest varieties, with adults weighing up to three ounces and boasting leg spans of over four inches.
As you can see, tarantulas are relatively docile animals that prefer staying hidden. The only exception is during their mating season, which lasts from May until October. Peaking in July and August, this crucial time period brings them out of the woodwork and into contact with humans.
Once a female gets pregnant, she can hold up to 1,000 eggs in her web, which is located beneath the soil. After hatching, the babies stay close to mom for a short while before setting off to build their own underground burrows.
Although not poisonous, tarantulas do have several defense mechanisms for times of stress. When they feel threatened, the spiders will raise their front legs and proceed to shoot needle-like hairs towards the approaching offender. They also bite occasionally, but it feels like nothing more than a mild bee sting.
This summer, the tarantulas will be most highly concentrated in North Texas. While nothing to worry about health and safety wise, keeping your eyes peeled during outdoor adventures might keep any unpleasant surprises at bay!
How do you feel about tarantulas? Were you aware of the impending invasion? Let us know your thoughts! Check out our previous article for another creepy crawler taking Texas by storm this summer:
You Won’t Be Happy To Hear That Texas Is Experiencing A Major Surge Of Ticks This Year.