Yes, and there are about 30 species of tarantulas that can be found in Arizona.
The Desert Tarantula, also known as the Arizona blond tarantula or the Mexican blond tarantula, is one of the most common species that can be found in the state of Arizona.
The wet monsoon and early fall is mating season for these tarantulas, and it’s during this time that you would see male tarantulas out and about – when they leave their hidden burrows once a year in search of a mate.
Female tarantulas usually stay by their burrows, which are typically small holes in the ground about the size of a quarter. If the nest is active, there would be strands of silk on the opening, and it is on these strands of silk the male tarantula would dance to entice the female to mate. Whether he woos the female successfully or not, he may become its next source of protein if he does not get away fast enough when she decides to take a bite.
During winter, their nests are plugged with silk, soil, and even rocks while they wait for summer.
They can live anywhere from 12 to 25 years (approximately 12 years for male tarantulas, and 25 for female tarantulas), which makes them popular pets for the more adventurous individual. While they’re venomous and would attack anything it can subdue for food, their bite is harmless to humans, typically at most causing pain no more than that of a bee sting.
Aside from its bite, they have barbed hairs on their abdomen that may cause irritation, and when attacked, these tarantulas have been known to fling these hair strands as a form of self-defence.
They can be up to 3 inches long, and 2 to 3 inches tall with a leg span of 3 to 5 inches. Male tarantulas are slimmer than female tarantulas and are covered in black hair while females have a tan or light brown color.
Despite their feared appearance, these are docile creatures and only bite under extreme duress.
Arizona is home to many different fearsome creatures, some of which have fangs and stingers, and that creep, crawl or slither. The black widow spider is one of the most common inhabitants of the valley which contains 22 different kinds of these arachnids.
The Black Widow is a creature that receives its name for its particular reproductive pattern and cannibalism: females, which are larger and stronger than males, eat their mates after copulating. These females can be easily identified by their characteristic 1.5-inch-black bodies with a red dual triangle-shaped mark on their abdomen. Males are smaller and weaker as their only function is to inseminate the females. Black widows search for dark, cool places to build their spider webs and lay their egg-sacs, usually on corners, on the floor, under patio furniture, around a barbecue, inside mailboxes, toys lying on the floor, and also in the outdoors, inside shrubs or vines. Black widows spread very fast as a female can lay up to 750 eggs (inside up to 9 egg-sacs) several times throughout summer. However, only some of the spiderlings survive, as the fittest prey on their weaker siblings.
Contrary to popular belief, these spiders actually hide from humans and do not attack unless they feel their shelters or offspring are being threatened. In case someone accidentally puts their hand in a black widow’s web, the spider will automatically bite that person. Black widow bites consist of two red spots that mark the area where the spider pierced the skin and injected the neurotoxin into the nervous system. The symptoms are mainly pain, muscle cramps, nausea and in extreme cases, trouble breathing. In order to prevent these unfortunate encounters, it is useful to learn how to identify these venomous spiders and to keep the house and surrounding vegetation clean and free of debris and clutter.
Though black widows are the deadliest spiders in the USA, they inject a little amount of venom when they bite a human, so people do not generally die from these bites. Nevertheless, if you are bitten by a black widow, call the local authorities immediately for help. In order to keep these creatures away from your home, make sure you keep others pests away, such as crickets, roaches, and mosquitoes, their favorite meals. In cold weather and drought, black widows look for refuge indoors, so make sure you keep your floors free of clutter!
Are you afraid of spiders? Do you like crushing these arachnids when you see them? Or do you immediately get out of a room if you see spiders there? Maybe you are one of those people who cannot sleep with any type of bug in their bedrooms because you are afraid one of them will crawl into your mouth. You shouldn’t be afraid of admitting it. You are a small part of the population that most likely suffers from arachnophobia. It means that you are afraid of spiders. The problem with this phobia is that, of course, it’s not very logical. After reading this article you will realize that you can sleep tight: it’s not true that spiders can crawl into your mouth while you rest!
First of all, spiders avoid being in contact with human beings as much as possible. The fact that you are asleep does not make you a probable victim. These small creatures do not see you as a harmless body and would not take this as a chance to attack you. In addition to this, the possibility of a spider getting into your mouth is very small.
It’s not very common for people to sleep with their mouths open. If they do, they are probably snoring. It’s not possible for a spider to want to enter into a mouth that’s moving air and resonating. Especially because a lot of vibration is produced by snoring. This kind of resonation is one of the things that repels spiders the most because it is a sign of danger for them.
If this information is not enough to make you feel better, let’s take a look at some statistics regarding spiders. Following some associations like the Poison Control Center, only two people died from spider bites between the years 2000 and 2004. And these species do not even live in the United States.
Even though it is true that there are some cases of people who have suffered in the hands of spiders (like the case of a Chinese woman back in 2011, who discovered she had a very small spider living in her ear canal), this is not common. As you can see, the chances of eating a spider while you’re sleeping are minimal. Rest assured that these arachnids will never try to enter into your mouth. You are far scarier for them than they are for you.