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Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
A Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula sits in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe interviews Senior Keeper Chris Rodriguez while holding an Arizona Mountain King Snake in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. During "Animals & Boo," patrons get to touch creepy critters.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe holds an Arizona Mountain King Snake in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe holds an Arizona Mountain King Snake in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
A freezer in the care and conservation area stores food for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Some of the items in the freezer include, figs, clams and half a pig (for the Komodo Dragons). On October 2 and 23, attendees can watch Komodo Dragon femur bone feedings.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
Senior Keeper Chris Rodriguez places a tarantula exoskeleton onto Off-Ramp Host John Rabe's arm in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
Snake exoskeletons sit in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
Anti-venom for all the snakes housed at the Los Angeles Zoo are stored in the care and conservation area on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts.
Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC


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Every year, the LA Zoo celebrates Halloween with Boo at the Zoo with all kinds of scary and creepy events, including the opportunity to touch a snake, which freaks out a lot of people. Like KPCC photographer Maya Sugarman:

Maya Sugarman and the very friendly king snake

Now, I'm not scared of snakes. But I am afraid of spiders. So I figured this was a good chance to face my fear.

Yes, that's a giant spider on Off-Ramp host John Rabe

Make sure to listen to the audio to hear Senior Keeper Chris Rodriguez give us the 411 on the snake and spider we were handling.

Boo at the Zoo is happening at the LA Zoo through Oct. 31.