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Hikers Warned as Tarantula Mating Season Begins

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    Hikers Warned as Tarantula Mating Season Begins
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    This Aug. 12, 2013 photo provided by the National Park Service shows a tarantula at the Rancho Sierra Vista park site, within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area near Newbury Park, Calif. Tarantulas are out looking for love, and hikers in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains are warned to watch out for the hairy spiders. Tarantula mating season has begun, and it will last through the end of October, the National Park Service said Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. (National Park Service via AP)

    Tarantulas are out looking for love and hikers in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains are warned to watch out for the hairy spiders.

    The National Park Service said Thursday that tarantula mating season has begun and will last through the end of October.

    The Los Angeles Times says that means the giant arachnids will spend the next two months weaving webs just above ground, outside the female's burrow.

    Experts say because females typically stay inside, if a hiker comes across a tarantula on a footpath, it's probably a male on the lookout for a mate.

    Though they have fangs and carry poison, tarantulas are not considered a serious threat to humans.

    The spiders move slowly so hikers can take pictures, but park officials are urging people not to touch the creatures.

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