Yes, I came across this beautiful creature Saturday morning walking around the lake. I was not able to tell if she (I believe this to be a female) was down for a drink as she continued her travels along the edge of the lake. She also looked smaller so I think she may be a youngster.
Did you know that male tarantulas live to be 10-12 years old? The females can live twice that long!
Tarantulas are not deadly poisonous, but they do have large fangs. Not something I would want to tangle with. They prey on small bugs and crawly creatures. Ironically the Tarantula Hawk Wasp preys on these spiders. I captures some photos of them in this post here (they are very beautiful). According to the Arizona Vacation Guide: “The wasp stings the spider, paralyzing it, then drags it to a burrow where it lays a single egg on it. When the wasp larva hatches it eats the live, but helpless spider for months until the wasp can fly.”
And yes, those tiny dots on the top of her head are her eyes!
Although I kept my distance, I was simply thrilled to run across this beauty!