Fun Facts About Tarantulas
December 21, 2015
Tarantulas are large, hairy-looking, quick-witted, fierce predators. They can be scary-looking, but they also possess a unique beauty, and scientists continue to make new discoveries about them. Here are some quick facts about tarantulas to keep in mind when visiting Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close, on view Jan. 30 through May 30 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
- Tarantulas are spiders, and spiders are arachnids.
- There are some 900 species of tarantulas.
- Tarantulas range from the size of a fingernail to the size of a dinner plate.
- All tarantulas can produce silk, which they use to line their burrows.
- Some people in South America roast tarantulas and eat them.
- Tarantulas have tiny hairs on their body that they kick off when threatened.
- The Goliath bird-eating tarantula is the largest spider on Earth.
- Tarantulas are among the most fearsome predators. All tarantulas are venomous, but most are quite docile.
- Some, like the Goliath bird-eating tarantula, inflict fatal bites with venomous fangs.
- Habitat destruction and the effects of pesticides are threats to some tarantula populations.
- Scientists aren’t sure why some tarantulas are an amazing shade of blue, National Geographic reports.