PATTERSON, CA (KTXL/CNN) - They can often be seen crossing roadways at dawn or dusk looking for females in their burrows.
Romance trumps road traffic in their quest. Many fall victim to their desires.
Local residents like Becky Hoag, who lives the Diablo Grande development, takes pictures of the abundant wildlife around her house.
Tarantulas are a common sight and not as threatening as they look.
"The tarantulas I've come across are very friendly, and they don't aggressively attack anything. If you approach them, they'll actually just stop, and they move very slowly, and they don't scare me a bit," Hoag said.
She sees them on the golf course, on the street around her house and even in her garage. But she knows better than to panic, even though they can be three inches across.
"I think people react to their size rather than their aggressiveness," Hoag said.
In fact, they can be aggressive. The female sometimes kills the male after their courting session. Experts say the males die off in a couple of months, while the females give birth to hundreds of babies.
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