Kiss of the Tarantula (1976) is a horror movie that has the teenage daughter of a mortuary operator unleashing pet tarantulas against her foes. I had one under the exterior stairs of my house in New Mexico for a year and it was never a problem, just cause for observation and conversation. In the US, there are more than 50 species of tarantulas. Neither assumption is correct. If successful, the sting paralyzes the spider. Aphonopelma iodius is a species of spider in the family Theraphosidae, found in United States (California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah). Since we've had this spider, my brothers have found several while rock climbing just above our house as well. Well, a saucer, anyway. Gabbs, Nevada is the home of the world’s largest tarantula ‘migration’, an occasion lionized by the high school’s official mascot, the tarantula. National Parks Traveler 2019-2020 Annual Report, Wolf Shot And Killed At Grand Teton National Park, Utah Authorities Looking Into Hiker Who Claimed She Got Lost In Zion, UDATED | Funding Cuts Imperil Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Program At Padre Island National Seashore, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument: Don't Drink The Water. That so many new species of tarantula could be found in a single year in one country shows how little we know about the group. In fact, this is about as scary as tarantulas get from an objective human perspective. I suggested they leave it alone since they are not aggressive. Since a tarantula has a rather gentle disposition, and would rather flee than fight, it rarely uses its fangs for anything except catching and mashing up prey. The desert tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes) -- aka western desert tarantula, Arizona blond tarantula or Mexican blond tarantula -- is one of about 50 species of terrestrial tarantulas native to the southwestern and central United States. Like all spiders, desert tarantulas are invertebrates that rely on an exoskeleton for muscular support. The spiders are quite shy, usually hiding in burrows during the day and rarely coming into contact with people except when searching for mates in the fall. Hundreds of the hairs on the upper abdomen also have defensive functions. National Parks Traveler is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit media organization. Most die long before they get the chance to mature, but a few survive to perpetuate the species. What can we say. It’s well known that birds migrate in the fall, and if you spend just a little time outdoors, you might see birds like Canada Geese are on the move as the weather gets colder. Some unlucky males will be caught out in the freezing cold at the end of their mating season and die still looking for mates. Gabbs, Nevada is the home of the world’s largest tarantula ‘migration’, an occasion lionized by the high school’s official mascot, the tarantula. It’s a search fraught with danger. Desert tarantulas seen out and about in the daytime, perhaps while crossing roads within a few hours before sunset or after dawn, are likely to be mature males about ten years of age that are on the prowl for females. Native to the American desert (Arizona, California, and New Mexico), desert blond tarantulas are less expensive and easier to obtain than other more exotic tarantulas. There is some habitat loss due to development, of course, and some tarantulas (usually breeding age males) are killed crossing roads. We do know why they come out of their seclusion this time of year, they’re not truly migrating, they’re searching. |. There’s an endemic tarantula in the Seychelles, an island nation more known for giant tortoises off the coast of eastern Africa, not too far from Madagascar. These spiders are often purchased by first-time tarantula owners , as they are generally docile and easy to house and care for, but it is best to avoid handling them. The braver boys allowed the creatures to crawl onto their arms and lifted them for photos. Even if you’re unlucky enough to be bit by a tarantula, it’s been described as similar to a bee sting. The fact that tarantulas pose little appreciable threat to humans hasn't prevented us from demonizing them in popular culture. The largest number of spiders can be seen in Nevada but there are tarantulas to be found in the grasslands and canyon country of southeastern Colorado and throughout much of the southwestern US. I've had a hard time finding useful information on desert tarantulas. By Zach Fitzner, Contributing Writer. I assume the AuSable spider was a pet turned loose since I had never thought of them as native to my home state. A. iodius is common in the Mojave Desert to the west of the Colorado River. Sorry, the page you requested does not exist. An article in The Gazette from 2013 reported that the tarantula’s range is extending further north as the planet warms. In the 1962 spy classic Dr. No, James Bond (Sean Connery) uses a shoe to dispatch a tarantula that the villains snuck into his bed to kill him.