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Tarantula Mating Season 2013: Lust-Filled Spiders Come Above Ground, Terrify Everyone

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Bigfoot may be a hoax, but if you live in California, you'll likely face something else that's big, hairy and totally real.

It's Tarantula Lovefest 2013.

"This weekend or next weekend is going to be the biggest spider movement of all," Al Wolf, director of the Sonoma County Reptile Rescue told CBS News Saturday. "All the males will be looking for the girls so it's gonna be eight-legged love."

Male tarantulas mostly live underground in burrows, but during mating season, their lust brings them up to the outside world in search of females, who are waiting in their own burrows.

If droves of randy tarantulas running amok wasn't creepy enough, their mating process is. Males carry their sperm on the outside of their bodies. They weave a "sperm web," where they keep their sperm until they find the lady tarantula of their dreams.

While the spiders may terrify humans, it's the male tarantulas who are really getting the raw end of this deal. If a tarantula tryst happens when the female is hungry, she's apt to devour him, according to National Geographic.

You shouldn't have to worry about spider attacks, though. Worry instead about drunk wasps swarming through the U.K., or the freakishly giant hornets that have killed dozens of people and injured over a thousand in China.

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