Average lifespan in the wild: Up to 30 years
Size: Body: 4.75 in (12 cm) long; Leg span, up to 11 in (28 cm)
Weight: 1 to 3 oz (28 to 85 g)
Tarantulas give some people the creeps because of their large, hairy bodies and legs. But these spiders are harmless to humans (except for a painful bite), and their mild venom is weaker than a typical bee's. Among arachnid enthusiasts, these spiders have become popular pets.
What does a tarantula look like?
Tarantulas are hairy all over and are black and brown. They have eight legs. They eat bugs. They have many eyes. They mostly have 8 eyes. They have two spinnerets on the abdomen. Some tarantulas are as big as a dinner plate.
Where do tarantula's live?
There are hundreds of tarantula species found in most of the world's tropical, subtropical, and arid regions. They vary in color and behavior according to their specific environments. Generally, however, tarantulas are burrowers that live in the ground.
What does a tarantula eat?
Tarantulas are slow and deliberate movers, but accomplished nocturnal predators. Insects are their main prey, but they also target bigger game, including frogs, toads, and mice. The South American bird-eating spider, as it name suggests, is even able to prey upon small birds.
What are the natural enemies of the tarantula?
Tarantulas have few natural enemies, but parasitic pepsis wasps are a formidable exception. Such a wasp will paralyze a tarantula with its sting and lay its eggs on the spider's body.
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