Tarantulas on the move

A male tarantula was found crossing a road in the Kerrville South area this week. Photographer Tom Holden moved the critter to safer ground before engaging his spidey senses to snap this portrait.

If you’ve noticed tarantulas moving around in mass numbers lately, don’t be alarmed. The large, hairy spiders are in mating season, and the males are now on the move looking for females.

“Because it is breeding season, the males are out looking for females this time of year. It is believed the females use pharamones to attract them,” said Steve Keefer, Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Manager, who has become an unofficial tarantula expert.

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