Tarantula-3FR

No one will escape my web.

Definition/Summary:

Large spider, hairy arachnids

  • Nocturnal predators
  • Insects are main prey
  • Also target bigger game, including frogs, toads, and mice
  • Tarantulas are burrowers and typically live in the ground. 

Expanded:

  • There are hundreds of tarantula species found in most of the world’s tropical, subtropical, and desert regions
  • They vary in color and behavior according to their specific environments
  • A tarantula doesn’t use a web to trap its prey, though it may spin a trip wire to signal an alert when something approaches its burrow
  • They have been known to wrap there still living victims for consumption
  • Some species typically reside in a silken “tube tent” and other species will line their burrows with silk to stabilize the burrow wall and facilitate climbing up and down
  • Tarantulas grab with their legs, inject paralyzing venom, and then bite their prey with their fangs
  • They secrete digestive enzymes to liquefy their victims’ bodies so that they can suck them up through their strawlike mouth openings

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