Photo by Jerry Schudda
Desert Blonde Tarantula – Aphonopelma chalcodes
This large spider was given the name “blonde” due to the pale to tan hairs on its cephalothorax, which contrast with its usually darker legs and abdomen. Although venomous, this spider is generally considered to be docile and its bite is only harmful to insects. The barbed hairs on its cephalothorax, however, can prove to be a potent irritant when provoked.