Desert Tarantulas are a common sight in the Southwestern states. They generally hide during the day, choosing instead to rest under rock collections or in protective holed burrows that are uninhabited in desert soil areas until dusk and night. As with most insect species, the male of the species is smaller though Desert Tarantulas in general are noted for their leg spans which can reach up to 4 inches on the females. Their bodies are also covered in noticeable hair. This spider will work hard at avoiding contact with people but will strike if disturbed or threatened. It should be noted that Desert Tarantula bites are considered to be poisonous and seeking medical assistance is advisable. In general, Desert Tarantula venom is reported to be about as dangerous as a bee sting but deadly allergic reactions may result.
Common name: Desert Tarantula
Scientific Name: Aphonopelma chalcodes
Adult Size (Length): 50mm to 70mm (1.97in to 2.76in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: gray, brown, black
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona, New Mexico, California
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