All About Tarantulas: Large & Hairy


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If you're looking for an animal that is sure to give you the creeps, look no further than the tarantula. These spiders can range in size from as small as a quarter to as large as a dinner plate, and they are definitely not something you want to mess with.

Although they may look scary, tarantulas are actually quite docile creatures. In fact, they would much rather run away than attack. That being said, there are a few species of tarantula that can bite, and their venom can cause serious health problems.

It's all the same, though, and there is definitely something fascinating about tarantulas other than being large, hairy, and having a bad reputation.

But what do you really know about them? We're about to find out!

In this edition of the GB blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about tarantulas. We'll cover their habitat, diet, reproduction, and more!

Description and Appearance

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Tarantulas are often big, hairy spiders that can range in size from two to six inches. They have eight legs and fangs that can deliver a venomous bite.

They can be found in a variety of colors, including brown, black, and blonde. They typically have markings on their abdomen that resemble a violin.

Did you know that tarantulas are some of the largest spiders in the world? These fascinating creatures can range in size from two to six inches, depending on the species. They have eight legs and fangs that can deliver a venomous bite.

Tarantulas are shy by nature and will typically only bite humans if they feel threatened. The venom is not deadly to humans but can be quite painful. If you are ever bitten by a tarantula, seek medical attention immediately.

Diet

Tarantulas are opportunistic feeders, which means they will eat whatever they can find.

Their diet in the wild usually consists of insects, lizards, frogs, and small mammals. They have also been known to eat birds.

In captivity, they are typically fed insects, such as crickets and mealworms. You can also offer them sliced fruit or vegetables.

Reproduction

Tarantulas reproduce by way of internal fertilization. The male will spin a web, and then deposit his sperm on it.

He will then transfer the sperm to the female's genital opening. The female will lay her eggs in a silken sac, and then she will guard them until they hatch.

Once the spiderlings hatch, they will climb on their mother's back and stay there for several weeks until they are ready to fend for themselves.

Distribution & Habitat

Tarantulas can be found in a variety of habitats, including deserts, forests, and even suburban areas.

They are most commonly found in the southern United States, Central America, South America, and Africa.

In the wild, they usually live in burrows or under rocks. In captivity, they can be kept in a variety of habitats, such as plastic boxes, glass tanks, and even terrariums.

They could even live on your bed! That is if it's Gage Beasley's Tarantula Spider Soft Stuffed Plush Toy. If you promised yourself not to get even remotely close to spiders, this plushie might be the reason you break it. It's cuddly—truly unbecoming of a spider, but makes for a good bedside friend.

Gage Beasley's Tarantula Spider Soft Stuffed Plush Toy

Conservation

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Tarantulas are not currently considered to be at risk of extinction. However, they can sometimes be affected by habitat loss and deforestation.

They are also sometimes killed by humans, who view them as pests.

In captivity, they can be bred and sold as pets. However, it is important to only buy tarantulas from reputable dealers, so you can be sure that the spiders have been legally collected.

Other Interesting Facts

  • Tarantulas can live for up to 25 years in captivity.
  • The world's largest tarantula is the Goliath birdeater, which can have a leg span of up to 12 inches.
  • Tarantulas are not considered to be dangerous to humans, but their bites can be painful.
  • Some tarantulas can spin webs, while others cannot.
  • Tarantulas are found on every continent except for Antarctica. They typically live in warm, dry climates such as deserts or rain forests, as you may know by now.

Final thoughts

Spider enthusiasts often find tarantulas to be quite fascinating creatures. They are one of the largest spiders in the world and make for interesting pets. If you are ever lucky enough to see a tarantula in the wild, remember to keep your distance and enjoy this amazing creature from a safe distance!

Tarantulas are definitely interesting creatures! They may be big and hairy, but they are some of the most interesting creatures out in the wild.

If you're ever lucky enough to see one in person, take a moment to appreciate these amazing spiders!

Do you have any questions about tarantulas? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to check back next week for another edition of the GB blog.

Thanks for reading!

Cheers!

~GB


1 comment


  • Manfred Schultze

    Ich hatte gestern eine Begegnung in frier Natur auf unserem grundstück. Als ich zum Müllhäuschen hinter dem Carport ging, krabbelte ein ca. 10 bis 15 cm langes Exemplar unter dem Wohnwagen hervor und verschwand nach 3 Sekunden unter dem Holzboden vom Müllhäuschen. Das Tier war stark behaart, ziemlich gleichmässig mittelbraun, also nicht quer gestreift, und zog die beiden Hinterbeine hinter sich her.
    Ich vermute, dass es sich um eine Vogelspinne handelt.
    Wie kommt diese in dei freie Natur? Ausgestzt oder aus einem Terrarium ausgebüxt?
    Meine Frau hat jetzt Angst, in den Garten zu gehen, und dort zu arbeiten.
    Vogelspinnen sind aber doch scheu? Und können die hier in der Natur überleben, insbesondere, wenn es wieder kälter wird.
    Können Sie mir dazu etwas sagen?


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