Tarantulas Take Hooking Up To The Next Level | Deep Look

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  • Published: 05 November 2019
  • Every fall, male tarantulas leave home for good with one thing on their minds: sex. But before these spiders can make the ultimate connection, they have to survive the perils of the open road...which include their potential mates.

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    Every September, a generation of newly mature male tarantulas leave their underground homes to wander the landscape south of La Junta, Colorado, to look for mates. The lucky males will find females, who remain near their dens the whole lives, and possibly mate. But this so-called “migration” is a one‐way trip.

    Among the many risks for these itinerant tarantulas, besides running out of time and becoming roadkill, are the local tarantula hawks. The two‐inch long, blue‐and‐gold wasps pounce on the unsuspecting arachnid travelers, hit them with a paralyzing sting, then drag them off to their lairs. Once there, the female wasp lays an egg on the spider that eventually hatches into a larva. The larva burrows inside him to feast and grow before emerging from his body, Alien‐like, as an adult.

    If a male does survive long enough to find a den, he courts the female by first “knocking” at the entrance by tapping the ground with his front mouth parts, called pedipalps. He must rely on vibration to communicate his intentions, since tarantulas are mostly blind. If the larger and more dangerous female comes out to investigate, they face off at the den entrance. She may reply with drumming of her own to indicate that she’s receptive ‐‐ or she might try to eat him.

    But he’s come prepared. When male tarantulas reach maturity, right before they set out on their quest, they develop a special set of clasps on their front legs called “tibial hooks.” Tibial hooks serve a single purpose: to fasten underneath the female’s fangs during courtship, allowing him to keep danger at arm’s length, so to speak.

    --- Are tarantulas dangerous?

    Though they do have venom, tarantulas don’t typically bite humans. If they do, the bite hurts no more than a papercut.

    --- How long do tarantulas live?

    The adult males of this species usually only live ten years, but females can live much longer, 30-40 years.

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Comments • 1 085

  • Andy Og
    Andy Og  28 minutes back

    Maybe males are physically stronger in all species of life to help the how toxic females can be

    • Random Animations
      Random Animations  8 hours back

      Oh ok didn’t know what the title meant for a minute lol 😂

      • Mike Maby
        Mike Maby  11 hours back

        wham, bam, thankyou ma'am.

        • MasterQ 19
          MasterQ 19  14 hours back

          Beautiful creatures.

          • A.J. Draper
            A.J. Draper  18 hours back

            I like these videos, but the music is starting to get ridiculous.

            • onewinter9411
              onewinter9411  20 hours back

              Natalie Portman in Dior ad: And you, what would you for love?
              Male tarantula: risk my life?

              • F4l NightFox
                F4l NightFox  23 hours back

                Why was this in my Recommended

                • Roemu TT
                  Roemu TT  23 hours back

                  Am I the only one that doesn't get, how this was filmed? I mean how can you get so close (even with zoom) without distracting the spiders?

                  • Rafael Públio
                    Rafael Públio  1 days back

                    OH MY GOD WHY DID I WATCH THIS

                    • Jownay Bravo
                      Jownay Bravo  1 days back

                      Grab the flamethrower

                      • Irene Moodley
                        Irene Moodley  1 days back

                        Me:watches your first video *screaming* Me watches this video *still screaming

                        • MatthieuAmherst
                          MatthieuAmherst  1 days back

                          I was really just hoping I'd finally see a Tarantula victory against the wasp

                          • himabindu c
                            himabindu c  1 days back

                            Congratulations you discovered another human!

                            • himabindu c
                              himabindu c  17 hours back

                              C'mon I want a replyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

                          • Tong Cy
                            Tong Cy  1 days back

                            Im coyote peterson and im about to be in the sting zone, with the tarantula hawk.... -brave wilderness

                            • Ethel Chua
                              Ethel Chua  1 days back

                              So this is basically goin to a women, raping her,then runs away...wow

                              • Steven Ouellet
                                Steven Ouellet  1 days back

                                Nobody:
                                Pianist: dun dun DUN DUN DUNDUNDUN!!

                                • Bing Defeo
                                  Bing Defeo  1 days back

                                  *WARNING* this video has an innaproppriate content and -violent- really really innaproppriate so photosentisive elipsey and may be -violent- innaproppriate for childrens who is 3-5 years old

                                  • will brito
                                    will brito  2 days back

                                    Space Dandy: Hey, Baby! Wanna see why they call me, The Tarantula?

                                    • GhostofAGhoul
                                      GhostofAGhoul  2 days back

                                      3:07 - I think he's running from Child support.

                                      • vivahernando1
                                        vivahernando1  2 days back

                                        1:11 ...... Now darkness the tables have turned

                                        • iiAvalanche666x Gaming

                                          Watching this disgusts me **shivers**

                                          • Mxshpieッ
                                            Mxshpieッ  2 days back

                                            *w h e r e s t h e s p e r m*

                                            • Mariana Pulido
                                              Mariana Pulido  2 days back

                                              No doorbell😁😜

                                              • simeon adams
                                                simeon adams  2 days back

                                                Technique like wow😂😂😂😂

                                                • Ting Yu Liu
                                                  Ting Yu Liu  2 days back

                                                  I thought the tarantula was going to hook up with the wasp

                                                  • John Coffee
                                                    John Coffee  2 days back

                                                    Its just not worth it.

                                                    • unluckyspeeder !
                                                      unluckyspeeder !  2 days back

                                                      Skeet n yeet

                                                      • Yume Ko
                                                        Yume Ko  2 days back

                                                        Animal version of anime wall slam.

                                                        • ward zaback
                                                          ward zaback  2 days back

                                                          is this aphonophelma hentzi?

                                                          • Rigel Sagrado
                                                            Rigel Sagrado  2 days back

                                                            Life of an animal is so hard

                                                            • Ramonagot game
                                                              Ramonagot game  3 days back

                                                              It was so hard to watch this and not get scared

                                                              • FasterThanlight
                                                                FasterThanlight  3 days back

                                                                Stay single my dudes

                                                                • Fancy gamer
                                                                  Fancy gamer  3 days back

                                                                  In Australia a tarantula knocks the door only to ask IS THE FOOTBALL BEGIN and he leave

                                                                  • Chris Welcome
                                                                    Chris Welcome  3 days back

                                                                    I would love to see a tarantula one up a tarantula hawk

                                                                    • Mexico Wall
                                                                      Mexico Wall  3 days back

                                                                      He failed no nut November

                                                                      • Smokey 3160
                                                                        Smokey 3160  3 days back

                                                                        Did the female spider give consent to this?

                                                                        • DaCosmic
                                                                          DaCosmic  3 days back

                                                                          Moral Of The Story Fellas......Treat Your Woman Right Cause Your Days Will Be Short Anyways👊

                                                                          • GhostofAGhoul
                                                                            GhostofAGhoul  2 days back

                                                                            No .... she gotta stop trying to eat me - first.

                                                                        • RealRichCityBoys
                                                                          RealRichCityBoys  3 days back

                                                                          Male Spider: *taps to see if female spider is home*
                                                                          Female Spider: *emerges*
                                                                          Male Spider: "You know why I'm here..."

                                                                          • Andrew Eden
                                                                            Andrew Eden  3 days back

                                                                            Tibial hooks are sexist!

                                                                            • Cat Santos
                                                                              Cat Santos  3 days back

                                                                              Man I wonder what these spiders’ tinder profiles look like

                                                                              • Gojira Salad
                                                                                Gojira Salad  3 days back

                                                                                The intro sound like something from a prog Rock song

                                                                                • Crystal
                                                                                  Crystal  3 days back

                                                                                  “once the matting dance is finished... he runs.”
                                                                                  Because that’s spider assault!!
                                                                                  not all males huh? :/







                                                                                  this is a joke if you can’t tell

                                                                                  • Crystal
                                                                                    Crystal  3 days back

                                                                                    The camera work on this video is amazing

                                                                                    • Clayton Dorris
                                                                                      Clayton Dorris  3 days back

                                                                                      Do you remember when coyote Peterson got stung by that insect before

                                                                                      • Kay Kade
                                                                                        Kay Kade  3 days back

                                                                                        The tarantula hock is my hero idc idc idc

                                                                                        • Hana Carlson
                                                                                          Hana Carlson  3 days back

                                                                                          My sister waking up😬 2:04

                                                                                          • DIEago Campbell
                                                                                            DIEago Campbell  3 days back

                                                                                            All male spiders are bad parents

                                                                                            • Mirabel Lebarim
                                                                                              Mirabel Lebarim  3 days back

                                                                                              Him: The silky welcome matt...wow knock knock princes..
                                                                                              Her watchuwant?..comehere...i need layd now
                                                                                              Him ok get ready for this claws i grew...chikawawaooo boom baam thankyumaam bye bye...yu scary...
                                                                                              She like.wait up stay ...😢...fine booyaaa