"They're big. They're hairy. And it is the season for them to copulate."
On my last weekend in New Mexico, I received beautiful parting gifts. This is about one of them.
On Sunday, my very last day in New Mexico, as I drove from Ute Lake State Park to the Texas border, I saw eight tarantulas. Eight. Most of them on a 10-mile length of road.
The entire year in New Mexico to this point, I'd seen nine tarantulas. The entire year. And on this one day, I saw eight.
|Tarantula on side of road, near Ute Lake State Park, New Mexico|
Thank you, New Mexico.
(And I saw two more in Texas.)
So my New Mexico total: 17 tarantulas.
The quote at the top of the page is from this article about the ongoing mating season in New Mexico.
|Tarantula. Credit: DesertUSA|