Arthropod

Tarantula

Area: 
All continents except Antarctica, but most are found in South America
Habitat: 
Rain forest, desert, scrubland
Food: 
Insects, other spiders, small lizards, snakes, and frogs
Size: 
Depends on species; a Goliath bird-eating tarantula can have a leg span of 11 inches
Babies: 
Hatch from eggs held in a silk cocoon
Tarantulas are the biggest type of spider in the world.
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They're big and hairy, but are tarantulas scary? Not when you get to know them! Tarantulas live in warm areas around the world. Some live in underground burows in well-drained soil. If the soil is just right, 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. digs a deep burrowNoun-A hole in the ground made by certain animals, like rabbits. Verb-To dig a hole in the ground. and lines it with silk webbing. Other tarantulas live on the ground under rocks or logs or the shed bark of trees, and still others live in webbed burrows in trees.  

 

Tarantulas are noctural hunters that wait for their preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. to come close enough to grab. They kill their preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. with a bite from their fangs. The fangs release venom that kills their victim. They can also crush their preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. using their powerful mouthparts. 

 

Although spiders are fearsome predators, other animals often eat them. Tarantulas have many natural enemies, including lizards, snakes, 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.-eating birds, and even wasps. Though people are often afraid of tarantula bites, most speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent.' venom is only as strong as a bee's.  And remember, a tarantula would rather hide from you than bite you.