Tarantula 2008

Black Mesa, Oklahoma

Discovered as we on our way to Black Mesa in the early cold morning

Tarantulas are the biggest of spiders. They have eight legs, are often hairy, and have two big fangs. Some are dull brown, while others can be brightly colored. The sizes range too as small as a fingernail, too as big as a dinner plate. Woah, that’s a big spider. Tarantulas can live in rainforests and desserts.. Their prey is insects, and even rodents and small birds. They hunt by stalking, slowly creeping up. Then they quickly leap onto their prey and stick their hollow, furry fangs into the prey. Venom is pumped in and liquefies the prey’s insides. Then the spider eats it like bug soup. Mm! Surprisingly, tarantulas spend a lot of their time hiding when they’re not hunting. Lots of animals will try to eat them although some do not succeed, for the tarantula has a few good defenses. The hairs on the back less and abdomen can break off with the slightest touch; borrowing into an enemy and making them itch terribly. They are also pretty fast runners, with eight legs! And if all else fails, they can bite, but their venom is used mainly for eating prey. For some reason tarantula’s reputation isn’t that good. Maybe because they are big. Maybe because they are hairy. Maybe because they are poisonous. Well, yes, they are big, and hairy. They do have poison, but it can’t kill a person unless you’re allergic to it. For most people, tarantula bites are no worse than a bee sting. People are sometimes worried they are in the bananas in grocery stores. That is extremely rare, so don’t worry! The tarantula is a wonderful animal. Take a little closer look, and you’ll see something amazing.

http://courses.ttu.edu/thomas/classPet/1999/Tarantula/facts.htm

Facts about the Tarantula

  • Tarantulas will go bald on their thorax when they get old!
  • Tarantulas have tiny hairs on the back of their abdomen and back legs that will stick to an enemy if disturbed and ITCH.
  • Tarantulas have re-tractable claws, just like cats!
  • Some tarantulas can get as big as dinner plates!
  • Tarantulas’ bite is actually not that dangerous; no more worse than a bee sting (unless you’re allergic, of course).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarantula

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