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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

History at CuriOdyssey

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

Fun Facts about Tarantulas

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.

What do Tarantulas eat?

In the wild, Tarantulas eat insects, other arachnids, small reptiles and amphibians. At CuriOdyssey, they are fed crickets and baby mice.

How long do Tarantulas live?

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

Where do Tarantulas live?

Taratulas can be found in dry grassland, chaparral, woodlands, scrub-brush, underground burrows. Bay Area Blonde Tarantula's geographic range is limited to Northern California only.

Are Bay Area Blonde Tarantulas endangered?

No special wildlife conservation status.

Adopt me!

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.


Help provide for the care and feeding of our wildlife guests by sponsoring an animal of your choice for a year.

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San Mateo, CA 94401

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