3 tarantulas were terrifying Kim Kardashian in her Calabasas home, and apparently it's mating season
- On Wednesday, Kim Kardashian-West posted pictures on her Instagram story of three tarantulas in the garage of what appears to be her Calabasas, California, home.
- She said she "won't be able to sleep" knowing they are in her garage and she also said it's apparently mating season.
- She's right. It's about to be mating season where she lives. Some tarantulas are native to Southern California and their mating season in the region is typically early September through October.
- When tarantulas mate they can produce between 500 and 1,000 babies. Fortunately, although they are creepy-looking, tarantulas typically aren't dangerous to humans.
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Arachnophobes, click away. Kim Kardashian-West just found out that her home is currently host to three big, furry-looking tarantulas and that there could be more on the way.
On Wednesday night, the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star shared on her Instagram story that she'd found a tarantula in the garage of what appears to be her Calabasas, California, home.
Then, she found two more of the large creatures.
The reality star shared her discovery on an Instagram story, posting a photo of a tarantula inside of an opened package in her garage
Kardashian wrote on her story over pictures of the spiders, "So there were 3 tarantulas last night. It's mating season apparently."
In a later post, she added, "I won't be able to sleep tonight knowing this was in my garage." One of the pictures shows a tarantula inside of an opened package in the garage.
Her sister, Khloé Kardashian, is seemingly just as afraid of the fuzzy spiders.
She later posted to her own Instagram story, "Kimberly's Tarantula photos had me up all night long! I kept thinking there were tarantulas all over me."
Yes, it's likely mating season. And, even though it seems scary, it's not that uncommon for tarantulas to end up in residential homes in California
When you think California, you probably think of sunny beaches, celebrities, and the shimmering lights of Hollywood. It's pretty easy to forget that the state is also home to some creepy-looking crawlies.
There are many different species of tarantula that, according to National Geographic, live in "most of the world's tropical, subtropical, and arid regions," including parts of California. They're commonly found in pool filters, so it's not unheard of for them to end up in a residential home.
As for the star's claim that it's the season of reproduction for the tarantulas, that's probable. In Southern California, the tarantula mating season is early September through late October, per CBS News.
This would explain why the tarantulas are out in the open - the ones Kim K saw in her garage could likely be males looking for mates.
Tarantulas don't reproduce through direct intercourse; rather, males spin webs on which they leave their sperm and then females use it to fertilise their eggs by sealing them together in a cocoon for several weeks.
According to National Geographic, this process can hatch between 500 and 1,000 tarantula babies in a few weeks. With any luck, this won't go down in Kardashian's garage.
Fortunately, most tarantulas aren't actually that dangerous to humans
Even though two Kardashian sisters may have trouble sleeping after seeing the large eight-legged creatures, the danger is likely much more perceived than real.
Although their appearance tends to give people the heebie-jeebies, tarantulas aren't very dangerous to humans. They can bite, which can be painful, but their venom is typically less powerful than that of a bee sting and usually has no lasting effects.
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