Tarantulas are arachnids, which means they have only two parts of body and eight legs. The size of these impressive spiders can go from 1 to 4 inches long, with a leg span of 3 to 10 inches, depending on the species, but here we have the King among them, the Goliath Birdeater, which has a 10-inch leg span! And yes, they really do hunt and eat birds.
Tarantulas are cold-blooded animals. They are not able to regulate their body temperature. This means these guys depend on their environment. If the day is warm and sunny, their body temperature will follow. If it’s cold, well, so are they.
Tarantulas are carnivorous.
These magnificent creatures eat only meat. Their diet mostly contains insects, but larger breads, like we’ve mentioned on the beginning, love to eat and hunt more severe meals, like birds, mice, lizards and frogs.
Tarantulas are active only at night, and they hunt from ambush. So, our furry little guy will lay and wait for his prey, or he will sneak up on it and then perform his well-known stroke, by biting and poisoning their victim.
Tarantula’s venom is poison, but harmless for humans.
Where do tarantulas come from?
Well, from all over the world! You can find them in North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. These large spiders love to live in many different climates, as long as it’s warm, but can adapt in cold environment as well. So you can find them in forests, deserts and jungles.
Some tarantulas live up in the trees, while others love to be on the ground, more accurate, in the ground, because they make a burrow.
Tarantulas often shed their skin because they outgrow their old exosceleton, and need room for more.
Tarantulas can live over 30 years!
Yes, you’ve read correctly, there are female tarantulas in the wild which can live for that long. But sadly, there are not some moms. They can lay up to 2000 eggs, and when that happens, she leaves them on their own, and moves on.
The most impressive fact about tarantulas is while they shed their external skeleton, they also have the ability to replace their internal organs, such as female genitalia and stomach lining, and even grow lost appendages.
So, are you impressed like we are?
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