ARACHNIDS

This week's Animal Kid's Club is all about: ARACHNIDS!

 

Almost all adult arachnids have eight legs, unlike adult insects which all have six legs. Some people love them and some people loathe them; whatever your personal opinion is about spiders, it's fair to say that in the last 400 million years they sure have divided the critics. Let's untangle the web of information!

Spiders evolved about 
400 million years ago. That's old. 

How to spot a tarantula

Tarantulas have a dark brown body with light brown hairs over their 8 legs and abdomen and shiny pink hairs on the back of their body and head.

 

All tarantulas have 8 eyes and their body is combined with the head in something called a Cephalothorax. At the front of their face they have 2 limbs called Pedipalps which are a part of the tarantulas mouth

How big do they grow?

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Diet

Arachnids mostly eat bugs. Crickets, locusts, cockroaches all sorts of little creepy crawlies.

 

This food helps spiders and tarantulas make their webs. Spider silk is an amazing material, stronger than steel proportionally.

Feeling Peckish?

Most tarantulas are solitary creatures that live happily by themselves. They’ll only come together to mate and even then it can be dangerous as the females will often try to eat the smaller males after mating.

What's the world's most venomous scorpion?

How many arachnids are there?

Venom

The world’s most venomous spider The Brazilian Wandering Spider. These spiders, belong to the genus Phoneutria, which means "murderess" in Greek. And it's no wonder - it's one of the most venomous spiders on Earth. Its bite can be deadly to humans.

 

Spiders and Tarantulas have venom in their fangs but scorpions have their venom in the sting in their tails.

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