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Desert tarantulas are on the move in the southwestern United States as males look for mating partners. (Dallas Krentzel/Flickr)
Desert tarantulas are on the move in the southwestern United States as males look for mating partners. (Dallas Krentzel/Flickr)
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It's mating season for tarantulas in the southwestern United States. That means male tarantulas are on the move, hoping to find a female to pair up with.

Dr. Sandy Brantley of the Museum of Southwestern Biology in New Mexico tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about the strange behaviors of the hairy spiders.

And, by the way, if you're arachnophobic, have no fear. Tarantulas aren't very interested in humans.

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This segment aired on October 20, 2015.

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