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$11 - Adults
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Bay Area Blonde Tarantula


This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Aphonopelma smithi


Our tarantula was collected by a private licensed collector and donated to CuriOdyssey in October 2014.

Fun Facts

Tarantulas have specialized hairs on the top of their abdomens, called urticating hairs, which have backward pointing bar. When threatened the tarantula brushes these hairs onto the attacker. Tarantulas move in a slow marching motion. On one side of the leg, the 1st and 3rd legs move while on the other side of the leg, the 2nd and 4th legs move.

Birth Date


Diet in the Wild

Insects, other arachnids, small reptiles and amphibians

Diet at the Museum

Crickets, baby mice

Life Span

In the Wild: males 7-10 years, females up to ~25 years
In Captivity: males 7-10 years, females up to ~25 years


Dry grassland, chaparral, woodlands, scrubbrush, underground burrows


Northern California

Conservation Status:

No special status

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Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.


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1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401