Death and getting stabbed in the face are risks this male tarantula must brave to mate.
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Courtship between two giant baboon tarantulas comes with the risk of injury and death for the male. This rare video begins with the male shaking his legs, a sign that the tarantulas are preparing to mate. Then, the male approaches cautiously, since many females spiders will eat their partner. The female also could potentially bite into the male’s face during mating, which goes to show that tarantula sex can be risky business.
Read “Watch Baboon Spiders Mate in Rare Video.”
Watch a Male Tarantula Risk Death for Sex | National Geographic