Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close

January 30–May 30, 2016
$5; $3 for members; Family Plus level members and above see it free!

Tarantulas have a reputation that precedes them—terrifying, fast, hairy, scary—the biggest, baddest, and most fearsome of all spiders. In the Academy’s newest hands-on exhibit, Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close, you will come face-to-face with a stunning array of live tarantulas … fangs and all.


Tarantulas Talk - Saturdays and Sundays at 11:45 a.m.

Get closer to live tarantulas and meet the keepers who love them.

Visitors to Tarantulas can:

  • Play a guessing game to learn about speedy tarantulas that dwell in the highest treetops and others that live underground, only emerging under cover of darkness to ambush their prey.
  • Find out why certain species prefer the desert and the rainforest.
  • Learn how tarantulas may play an important role in human medicine.
  • Get the facts on why tarantulas are so hairy.
  • Explore a tarantula burrow.
  • See live feedings.
  • Check out arthropods under a microscope.
  • Dress up like an eight-legged beast to get your photo taken.

Meet close to 20 live tarantulas in Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close! Tarantulas contained in the exhibit: 

  • Venezuelan Sun Tiger 
  • Red Slate
  • Chaco Giant Golden Striped
  • Mexican Red Rump
  • Ghost Ornamental
  • Chilean Rose Hair
  • Burgundy Goliath Birdeater
  • Trinidad Chevron
  • Brazilian Black and White
  • Curly Hair
  • Green Bottle Blue 
  • Martinique Pinktoe
  • Mysore Ornamental
  • Indian Ornamental
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Mexican Blond 
  • Fringed Ornamental

There's more than tarantulas! The exhibit also contains scorpions and spiders, including:

  • Wolf Spider
  • Black Widow Spider
  • Symbiotic Mites
  • Vinegaroon
  • Tailless Whip Scorpion
  • Flat Rock Scorpion
  • Desert Hairy Scorpion
  • Dune Scorpion
  • Black Scorpion 
  • Asian Forest Scorpion
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