Subject: Tarantula gender (?)
Location: Southern AZ (Santa Cruz county)
August 21, 2017 8:36 am
Is there an easy way to determine the gender of our local tarantula without disturbing it? (photo attached)
Signature: Len Nowak (SALERO RANCH)
This looks to us to be a male Tarantula, and it looks remarkably like this Tarantula from Nevada we posted recently. We believe your Tarantula is a male for the following reasons. It has large pedipalps. The abdomen is small and the legs are long. Male Tarantulas tend to wander in search of a mate. Female Tarantulas are more sedentary, living in the same burrow for up to 25 years. We have not read that. We just believe it.