Desert Blond Tarantula Aphonopelma chalcodes

With little cover from predators, desert living isn’t easy. These spiders spend most of the day underground.

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ORIGIN:
Southwest United States and north Mexico

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HABITAT:
Deserts

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
Length: 2-3 in

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DIET:
Small lizards and invertebrates

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PREDATORS:
Birds and snakes

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Venom and projectile hairs

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REPRODUCTION:
Lay up to 1,000 eggs at one time; sexually mature at 8-10 yrs

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THREATS:
None

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 25 yrs in human care

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