We live in Southern CA and found this tarantula on the side of the road yesterday. It's black and not very hairy. It looks like it has gray on the back and the fangs look red. We don't want to try to handle it until we know what type it is. Help!
thats a mature male Aphonopelma species. You need to let it go some that he can breed with a female of his species. He will only live 6 months if you keep him. I would let him back where you found him.