It's mating season for tarantulas in the Santa Monica Mountains

- Watch your step! It's mating season for tarantulas in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Rangers are beginning to notice an increase in male tarantulas crisscrossing trails in search of a mate, according to the Patch.  

When a male tarantula finds a female, he approaches the entrance to her underground burrow and taps on the strands of web, according to the National Park Service

Sometimes mating will occur, but if the female is hungry, park officials say she could make the suitor her next meal.

Although tarantulas have venom and can bite, they don't pose a serious danger to humans. 

Hikers are most likely to see tarantulas during mating season, and a ranger will lead a sunset tarantula hike at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 3. It's free and those interested should meet at Rancho Sierra Vista in Thousand Oaks.

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