Tarantula in the Pool

During the summer here in Tucson, male Tarantulas (spiders in the family Theraphosidae) begin roaming around at night hoping to find female tarantulas, which tend to remain near their burrows. In their quests to find a mate, male tarantulas can often find themselves in unusual or even life-threatening spots, like this male tarantula found floating in a swimming pool at night.

Tarantula floating in a swimming pool at night

The tarantula was skimmed out of the pool with a pool net, and although he was a bit wet and bedraggled, he seemed to be okay and crawled off, still determined to find a female. I don't know why he thought that a swimming pool was a good place to look for one!