Creepy crawlers deserve love too. ❤️
According to the Open Space Authority, September-October is tarantula mating season in Santa Clara Valley — also known as the ‘Fall Crawl.’ 🕷️
There are 850+ known tarantula species, but the most common you’ll find in the area is the Aphonopelma eutylenum, or the California ebony tarantula.
But don’t bug out too much, tarantulas are docile creatures + popular pets. They may bite if you don’t keep your distance, but their venom is non-toxic and comparable to a bee sting.
So, as you hike our city’s trails, keep an eye out and you may catch one of these (not-so-creepy) crawlers. 👀
Learn eight more fun tarantula facts on Open Space Authority’s website.