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(CBS News)   It's early fall in California when young lovers are found all over popular hiking and walking trails. No, not coeds. Tarantulas   (cbsnews.com) divider line 8
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2013-10-07 09:59:45 AM
By spring, the females will give birth to hundreds of offspring.

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2013-10-07 10:32:09 AM
Cute, aren't they?

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2013-10-07 10:36:05 AM
 
2013-10-07 10:40:51 AM
CSB time.... when I was in boot camp, we spent a week "in the field" in Camp Pendleton, and tarantulas were everywhere. During some maneuvers, a couple of recruits jumped into a fighting hole that had already been dug, only to jump right back out... I looked in to see the hole was crawling with quite a few tarantulas.

The next night, as we slept on bedrolls under the stars, a recruit next to me flicked something toward me. I dozed off wondering what that was about - and awoke, late, the next morning, as they were carrying off a recruit a few bedrolls down from me. The night before, the recruit next to me flicked a tarantula that was crawling on his chest - over me and it landed on the recruit several bed rolls over. It bit him, and he was allergic. Treating him and getting him off to sickbay got us a few extra hours of sleep, at least.

Good times... good times...
 
2013-10-07 11:12:50 AM
We get them all over the roads out here when there is a bit of moisture.  I try to swerve to miss them, my wife tries to hit them.
The Tarantula festival in Oakhurst is in a few weeks.  People end up picking up their tarantulas from the road, on the way to the festival.
 
2013-10-07 11:40:14 AM
I saw a cool program a few years ago about eating tarantuals. Apparently you can make an omelet with the eggs you can squeeze out of the female's abdomen (which apparently you need to twist off before cooking the rest on the hot ashes of an open fire.
 
2013-10-07 12:19:56 PM

LesserEvil: CSB time.... when I was in boot camp, we spent a week "in the field" in Camp Pendleton, and tarantulas were everywhere. During some maneuvers, a couple of recruits jumped into a fighting hole that had already been dug, only to jump right back out... I looked in to see the hole was crawling with quite a few tarantulas.

The next night, as we slept on bedrolls under the stars, a recruit next to me flicked something toward me. I dozed off wondering what that was about - and awoke, late, the next morning, as they were carrying off a recruit a few bedrolls down from me. The night before, the recruit next to me flicked a tarantula that was crawling on his chest - over me and it landed on the recruit several bed rolls over. It bit him, and he was allergic. Treating him and getting him off to sickbay got us a few extra hours of sleep, at least.

Good times... good times...


Fun Fun. 1 in 12 have bad reactions to the bites. Even if that is not you, it is still very painful and puts you at risk of severe infection if not treated.
Even worse is the irritation if you breathe in the hairs they shed..........
 
2013-10-07 12:23:20 PM
As a kid, I caught a tarantula and kept it as a pet and that crazy spider lived for over 9 years. I still miss you Fluffy - you were the best
 
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