Tarantula Crossing: Prepare to See Hundreds of Tarantulas Crawling Across Oklahoma

KOKH - August 21, 2023 6:49 am

Tarantula mating season in Oklahoma iws late August through October. More Tarantulas will be found near homes and roadways while mating season ramps up.(Oklahoma State University Extension)

A giant, eight-legged arachnid will soon make an appearance in Oklahoma during the spookiest time of year.

Late August through October is brown tarantula mating season.

The brown tarantula, also known as the Oklahoma brown tarantula (or Texas brown, or Missouri brown, depending in which state you live in) typically lives in arid, desert regions and sometimes in damp forests, according to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

During the fall, however, male tarantulas make a trek across large swaths of Oklahoma looking for a mate. That’s when people are most likely to see them next to buildings and roads.

A typical brown tarantula can weigh between 1 and 3 ounces and get up to 4-5 inches long (leg span-wise).

The life cycle of a tarantula can vary. Females have been known to live for several decades, while males generally only live for a year.


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