Spotted: Tarantula – True or False

True or False:  A tarantula can live up to 30 years in the wild.

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Partially true! This fact depends entirely on the sex of the tarantula. Female tarantulas can live up to 30 years, while their male counterparts have a significantly lower life expectancy of around a decade. Female tarantulas are also larger and stockier than male tarantulas. In these months of transition from the rainy to the dry season, there have been quite a few tarantula sightings around campus.

Love is in the air.

Could it be mating season for these arachnids? A burrowing species, tarantulas are usually only spotted when the male tarantula ventures out to find a female tarantula in the hopes of mating with her.

Blog post contribution by Bilan Haji-Mohamed, UGACR Photojournalism Intern

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