The Texas Brown Tarantula

The Texas Brown Tarantula is one of Texas Wilds favorite arachnids to film and is probably a common sight for people who live in Texas and throughout the south due the species abundance.  It is also become a staple in the pet trade due to its docile nature but despite this, many people find this animals to be in the least: displeasing.
Tarantulas may be found in variety of habitats, ranging from grassy prairie to rocky canyon terrain. Males are commonly seen roaming about in late August searching for a female. They inhabit burrows which they lined with webbing, and with a little patience, soft hands and some luck, a tarantula can be coerced out of its burrow with the allure of false prey.  These large creatures are very docile and will not readily retaliate when disturbed. In fact the most common defensive displays exhibited by these brown giants is a brisk run away or a gentle walk. One of the  more intense displays to detour predation is the rearing up of the forelegs to reveal its fangs. When this rouse fails the tarantula will use its rear legs to release urticating hairs that in some cases causes irritation. Signs of this defensive behavior are balding or thinning of hairs on the abdomen.  The gentle giants can reached sizes exceeding 3 inches through as series of molts. As the tarantula grows, it sheds it exoskeleton, remaining motionless for a prolong period of time as its new exoskeleton hardens. Serious damage even death can result if the tarantula is disturbed during this period.  Texas brown tarantulas feed on invertebrates and occasionally small rodents. In turn the tarantula can quickly find itself being feed on. Tarantula hawks are a well known species of wasp that utilize tarantulas for their offspring.  A tarantula hawk will sting a tarantula, place it inside a nest where it will then lay an egg upon the tarantula. Once this is done, the tarantula hawk larvae will bore into the tarantula slowly eating it alive over the course of its maturation.

2 thoughts on “The Texas Brown Tarantula

  1. Since moving to the Panhandle I have enjoyed observing and photographing these creatures. Thank you for your comments that enable us to better understand and appreciate the natural wonders that surround us.

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