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Valley park seeking name for baby tarantula

PHOENIX — A Valley park needs help naming its newest resident.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park is on the hunt for a name for a baby tarantula. A developer found the spider at a construction site and turned it over to the park’s visitor center.

“He’s a little guy, very furry and cute,” said ranger Amy Burnett. “He’s an Arizona Desert Blonde Tarantula, which is the most common tarantula that you see in Arizona.”

The park’s other tarantula, which travels to schools as part of an educational project, is getting older. So this new spider will start making the rounds and the park is looking to give it a name through a contest.

“So far, I’ve got Elvira, Harriett, Herman, Hermione, Steve,” said Burnett. “I don’t know why Steve keeps coming up. I’m missing something”.

The person who provides the perfect name will get a book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County.

Entries can be sumbitted via Facebook. The contest ends Wednesday.