Hikers Warned: SoCal Tarantulas Are Out Looking for Love

This is a great time of year to go hiking, and Los Angeles’ most popular trail/selfie taking site, Runyon Canyon, just reopened after a four-month closure. But, as always, it’s best to mind nature or you’ll end up with more than you bargained for.

Officials with the National Park Service are trying to get that point across in light of the kickoff of tarantula mating season, which will last through the end of October. On Thursday, they warned hikers in the Santa Monica Mountains to be on the lookout for males in search of a mate.

Tarantulas don’t pose a serious threat to humans, but they are capable of biting, so it’s best not to touch them. Don’t harass them either, park officials plead. Fortunately for the Instagrammers, they move realllllly slowwww so, if you see one, you’re apt to get a good shot.