Love these gentle, furry giants! They do have large fangs and can inflict a painful (but not lethal) bite, but are generally pretty docile unless provoked. They are common here in our coastal chaparral habitat. Undoubtedly why we have these guys here too: http://lacrestacritters.blogspot.com/2014/06/tarantula-hawk-pepsis-formosa.html
8/7/10 Tarantula (Aphonopelma reversum) in the back patio.
Two common species in Southern California are A. reversum (males mature in mid-summer) and A. eutylenum (males mature in the fall).
FAMILY: Theraphosidae (Tarantulas/Baboon Spiders)