In the middle of the night, I felt this spider crawling on my forehead. Fortunately for him, I was sufficiently awake that I didn't reflexively squish him. I brushed him off, captured him, and released him near a female's web the next day.
Added photo to tranfull to give some additional detail. Legs look to have 2 hooks. I believe this spider may have hatched out of some fire wood mover here from the gilroy are last season. The white spots above the large eyes seem to be some sort of reflective spots under a lens of some sort.
Found Bay Area yard. Will fit on a penny. Would like to know if it is a safe Calif. species and it's gender. No hooks on the front legs, elongated pore on each hind leg. Legs seem long. it can move rapidly ( length of arm in 2 seconds once warmed up). Not sure it is a Tarantula. See next photo.
She made this sac about two weeks ago and has been an amazing mom. She’s been very slim, though, so I offered her a mealworm and she’s casually snacking on it while guarding her sac. Such a good mama ♥️
Two days ago, I extracted this freshly matured male from a roach bait tray. He'd been living there for months until he matured, undeterred by the poison. When the weather is nice, I will release him where there are lots of females.