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Friday, August 17, 2018
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The Tarantula

Tarantula Trivia

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From Philadelphia Insectarium

  1. Tarantulas - in fact, all spiders - are arachnids, and not insects. Insects have only six feet, while spiders have eight.

  2. Tarantulas are often killed by wasps called tarantula hawks. The tarantula hawks sting their prey and use the dead tarantula's body to lay an egg in. The offspring larva feeds on the tarantula's leftover body parts!

  3. Tarantulas have eight closely grouped eyes, but funnily enough, their vision is not great.

  4. The largest spider in the world is the Goliath Bird-eating Tarantula. It feeds on frogs, small snakes, beetles, lizards, bats, and sometimes even baby birds kidnapped from their nests.

  5. Tarantulas have re-tractable claws, just like cats.

  6. Some tarantulas can get as big as dinner plates.

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