Tarantulas are crawling around the Santa Ynez Valley again this time of year, and some residents have been caught off guard.
Photos sent to NewsChannel 3 shows the hairy legged critters in several locations, including hiking trails, roadways, and golf courses.
The local tarantulas are not considered deadly, and a bite causes an irritation in most cases.
They are on the move with the males searching for a mating partner this time of year.
Often they end up in some abandoned holes left behind by other animals including gophers.