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Tarantula Causes Car Accident in Death Valley

A tarantula spider crawling in the desert sand.
A tarantula spider crawling in the desert sand.

Are you afraid of spiders? It’s highly likely that you are, considering that Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, is the number one phobia is the world.

For a driver in California, a tarantula caused them to crash their camper van and injured a motorcyclist in the hottest place in the world, Death Valley.

The two tourists from Switzerland were driving in their camper van when a tarantula walked into the road which caused them to swerve and brake, they missed the spider but ended up brake-checking the motorcyclist behind them who was hospitalized. The spider was “unscathed” and walked calmly away from the scene.

The couple was driving on Route 190 when it happened. After the accident, Mike Reynolds, Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and Natiformer Interim Director of the U.S. National Park Service, asked drivers to drive slowly when going up and down hills in the park, and that there are many potholes in the road due to a recent flood from Hurricane Hilary.

Tarantulas can grow to be very big and are more common than most people think. The average size of an adult tarantula is five inches. These arachnids are mostly considered to be harmless to humans, although some people may be allergic to their venom. They are rarely seen outside of their burrows but it does happen. Their diet consists of mainly small insects, but some species hunt small mammals, like birds. These spiders can live up to 30 years old and have become a popular pet to humans.

So, these spiders are nothing to worry about. They can live in tropical, subtropical, and desert environments. Still, they can also be found near homes with bug problems.

So, if you see one outside your home, don’t be worried because they take care of the bugs that are always bothering you, and this also applies to all kinds of spiders, some can even eat mice.

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Ryan Nord, Staff Writer
Ryan Nord is a 14 year old Freshman at Santa Rosa Academy. He is an avid wrestler that enjoys exploring and being around his friends. He likes watching “King of The Hill” and eating pizza.  He is currently going down the engineering pathway and enjoys taking Robotics.
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