Nothing To Be Scared Of; Just Big Scary Tarantulas In Amarillo
Earlier today, a coworker sent a link to me of a social media post. In it, a person who is obviously not from the Texas panhandle (that's how they start the post) seemed very concerned about the tarantula that had decided to make itself at home in their home.
It's nothing to be scared of. It's just tarantula season in Amarillo.
It Happens Every Single Year Around This Time.
The later in the summer it gets, and the closer to fall we are, the more likely you are to see tarantulas out and about. It's just a part of life in these parts.
The "migration" actually starts earlier in the year. The actual time frame is from May through October.
What you're seeing out there is the Texas brown tarantula.
They're Migrating, Like Most Single-Ready-To-Mingle Creatures, To Find A Mate
At least that's what we've been able to dig up by asking around and reading a lot of articles penned by experts. So, if one happens to wind up stuck in your laundry room, try to stay calm and be nice.
Poor thing is just lonely.
Experts Say They Aren't Poisonous. Still Not Picking One Up.
The whole "not poisonous" angle doesn't necessarily make me feel better about having one crawl on me while I sleep. Which isn't very likely at all, but I have an over active imagination.
The bite supposedly feels like a bee sting, and it's only really dangerous if you have some kind of allergic reaction.
Welcome To The Area, From Our Official Fall Welcoming Committee
Welcome to the Texas panhandle. Glad you got to meet a spokes-tarantula from the official welcoming committee.
Try to remain calm, and get the thing back outside so it can go find its true love.