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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Desert Tarantulas have an undeserved reputation for being dangerous. In fact, these shy, but large spiders are practically harmless. While they do possess venom, and can inflict a painful bite with their large fangs, it is no more toxic than a normal honeybee sting.
If you are lucky enough to see a tarantula (most commonly during the months of August and September), you can be nearly certain that it is a male wandering the desert in search of a mate. The females rarely travel more than a few feet from their burrows and, as a result, are seldom seen.