Arthropod

Spider

Area: 
Found on all continents except Antarctica
Habitat: 
All habitats
Food: 
Mostly insects, but some very large spiders take small reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
Size: 
From 0.1 inch to 10 inches, depending on species
Babies: 
Spiderlings hatch from eggs, and hunt their own food.
Spiders are not insects. An insect has six legs, but a spider has eight.
Silk and Fangs

 

 

Spiders belong to a group of animals called Arachnids (uh-RACK-nidz)—animals that have eight legs. Ticks, mites, and scorpions are also arachnids. What makes spiders special? They produce silk and have fangs.

 

At the rear end of its body, a spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food. has special openings called spinnerets. Silk is made inside the spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food.’s body and pushed out through the spinnerets. Spiders are famous for the webs they create, but not all spiders use their web to catch a meal. Some spiders use their silk to line the inside of the burrowNoun-A hole in the ground made by certain animals, like rabbits. Verb-To dig a hole in the ground. they live in. Female spiders make cocoons to hold and protect their eggs.

 

 A web is one way to snag a meal, but some spiders simply pounce on their preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food.. No matter how they catch it, all spiders kill their preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. by using their fangs to inject venom. The toxic liquid makes the preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. unable to move, so the spiderA small, cold-blooded animal with eight legs. A spider's body is made up of two parts. It has no wings and no backbone. Many spiders spin webs to catch insects for food. can eat it.