Like a scene out of a b-horror or sci-fi creature feature the Sooner State is being overrun by eight-legged freaks. The annual Oklahoma Brown Tarantula mating season is officially underway and they're everywhere.


Remain calm, all is well, there's no need to panic. While they may look scary, really scary, the Oklahoma Brown Tarantula isn't dangerous. They're far more scared of you than you are of them so keep that in mind.

It's tarantula mating season in Oklahoma so watch your step, they're everywhere

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Their scary appearance is one of their best defenses, well that and those fangs. They rarely bite humans unless frightened or provoked. Their venom isn't considered harmful to humans, although a bite is painful.


Every year from August through October during mating season the Oklahoma Brown Tarantula can be found all across the Sooner State. Some places like S.W. Oklahoma have large numbers of these scary hairy guys.

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If you've been off the concrete lately and in the great outdoors you may have run across a few, or maybe a lot of Oklahoma Brown Tarantulas. You may have even seen them in the backyard, porch, or inside your home.


If you don't mess with them, they won't mess with you. Or at least that's the current agreement we have. However, if you do decide to get close or attempt to hold one be careful and very gentle, or risk a bite.

From August through October tarantulas can be found all over Oklahoma

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One of the best places to encounter these amazing arachnids is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Typically you'll see them and in certain areas like around Meers and Robinson's Landing in large numbers.


I remember one time we had to pull over when driving around out by Lake Lawtonka due to all the tarantulas crossing the road. There must have been hundreds of them, it was a sight to see and one I'll never forget.

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