Arizona Blond Tarantula

Aphonopelma chalcodes

Size: approx 4 in. (legspan)

Date: 7/14/01

Other names: Desert tarantula

Notes: Males are short lived and do not molt after maturity. Females continue to molt and may live 20 - 35 years (in captivity). Nocturnal, they hunt at night by touch. Reluctant to attack humans; venom no more poisonous than that of a bee.