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Mating Season For Tarantulas Commences At Joshua Tree National Park

INDIO ( — Hikers be warned – the National Park Service says it's now tarantula mating season.

The mating season of tarantulas lasts through the end of October, according to the National Park Service officials at Joshua Tree National Park.

Experts say females typically stay inside, so if one is spotted, it's a male looking for its mate.

The spiders move slowly, but park officials urge people not to touch them.

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