Bohemia Ecological Preserve

The Turret Spider, found only in CA, is in the family of Folding Trapdoor Spiders who eat ants & smaller insects. Turret spiders are part of an ancient lineage that swings their venomous fangs down like pickaxes rather than pinching them in from the sides like Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders. Females settle in a burrow and can live there for 16 years without leaving! The males leave once in August or September at age 8 or 9 to mate - and die.