Spider Man

11:45 AM -- This lovely little creature was waiting at my door a few days ago when I got home from work. I relocated him(?) to a tree in the front yard so he can greet guests and eat pests.

Does anyone know how long tarantulas usually live?

— Phil Harvey, Insect News Editor, Light Reading

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 2:58:36 AM
re: Spider Man

Tarantula life span directly coorelates to the number of news editors he/she eats.

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 2:58:36 AM
re: Spider Man Phil,

Like you, I'm superstitious about killing spiders. But it seems to me your relocation could have been a little further away.

Couldn't you have at least found the yard of an annoying local politician or something?
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 2:58:35 AM
re: Spider Man They're actually okay to have around (not IN) the house.

They eat small mice, insects, reptiles and insurance salesmen.

Mezo 12/5/2012 | 2:58:31 AM
re: Spider Man I don't know why I'm responding to this...other than the comic relief...but, Tarantulas life span varies...it's hard to tell from your picture if the colors are true or not...but it appears to be a young male...male Tarantulas only live between 2-9 years...with the average being about 3 years...once they reach sexual maturity...then they mate and are usually eaten by the female or wander off to Vegas to drink themselves to death...females are brown and can live up to 25 years...with some well cared for living over 30 years...a face lift, tummy tuck and such... So your 'watch dog' Tarantula probably has a few more years and a few more inches to grow...then wham...women always get the best of us...

Balet 12/5/2012 | 2:58:30 AM
re: Spider Man I think wondering to Las Vegas for sexually mature males is about right from looking at the FTTH show attendees during afterhours drinking.
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 2:58:30 AM
re: Spider Man Mezo,

Very impressive. Did you do that without cheating?

I believe all of you facts but my own Internet research reveals that the female-eating-male-after-mating thing is largely a myth.


whyiswhy 12/5/2012 | 2:58:23 AM
re: Spider Man According to the following scientific article:


male tarantulas spend their time wandering around and engaging in casual sex with multiple females to such an extent they forget to eat, and waste away.

A clear case of anthropomorphism.

Not a bad way to go.

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