LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Southern Nevada is in the middle of a migration season of sorts – for tarantulas.
From September through November, the male spiders are on the prowl, crossing roads, trekking through the desert and generally making their presence known.
“They're just looking for females,” said Rigo Ruiz, manager of Exotic Pets. “And this is the time they breed, so females sit in the burrows and you just see hundreds of tarantulas moving.”
Ruiz says his store receives phone calls about tarantulas every day during the fall. From Henderson to North Las Vegas, the native critters are everywhere.
“I would say the outskirts of town, so if you live near the desert near any part of the mountains you're going to see a lot of tarantulas,” he said.
But as big, hairy and downright creepy as they are, tarantulas aren't dangerous. In fact, experts say if you see one in the wild, it's best to just leave it alone.
Most males during this time are either eaten by the female after they breed or die from exhaustion during the search.
Regardless, it's a good idea to watch your step out in the desert as a tarantula bite is similar to a bee sting.
“A black widow can put you in the hospital. A brown recluse will obviously put you in the hospital,” Ruiz said. Tarantulas “are nothing like that.”