Actual Size: 8-13 mm
Characteristics: Desert tarantulas are covered in thick, bristly hairs. This is common among most tarantulas, but the desert tarantula has distinct coloring. Females are a uniform tan color, while males have darker legs, a reddish abdomen, and in some cases, a white thorax.
- Desert Tarantulas are typically docile, and not aggressive towards humans.
- These tarantulas will bite a human if provoked.
- When attacked, the desert tarantula will scrape hairs off its abdomen, throwing them in its attacker’s nose and eyes to irritate. This is a defense mechanism of many species of tarantula.
- The desert tarantula does have fangs, and at maturity they are approximately 6 mm long. The venom from these spiders is considered poisonous, but not deadly.
- Although many describe a tarantula bite as feeling like a bee sting, it’s wise to seek medical attention, in case of allergic reaction.