Bryan and I came upon this guy out at Christmas Tree Pass area on October 30th, 2010. A nice, healthy male.
A close-up of the last photo.
Tarantulas can bite but almost never do. Using gloves is always a good idea. The bite is poisonous to small animals and insects but about like a bee sting to humans.
Males are always on the move (looking for females to mate with) so you have to be careful so that they don't walk off of your hands and fall to the ground. A ruptured abdomen would kill the Tarantula. Females are not so active.
A macro photo of the Tarantula.
The abdomen of a Tarantula has urticating hairs that they scrap off with their back legs into the face of an aggressive predator. The hairs are barbed and very irritating if they get into the predators eyes our nasal cavity.
Always wash your hands after handling a Tarantula so that you don't transfer some of the hairs into your eyes.