Technically, spiders are cold-blooded animals. A spider is ectothermic, which means it uses external sources like the sun to regulate its body temperature.Continue Reading
Although spiders are cold-blooded, they don't become cold like mammals. They simply reduce their activity and may change their location until they can warm up.
In the fall, spiders begin preparing themselves for winter. They produce proteins that allow their tissues to experience below freezing temperatures without the ice crystals forming on their cells.
Spiders that seemingly come in out of the cold are a particular species of spider that is adapted to living inside where the conditions are not always favorable for their existence. Indoor spiders face little food and water and constant climate that might not always be to their liking.Learn more about Spiders
Nursery web spiders are named for their habit of lashing leaves together as a shelter for newly hatched spiderlings, which they watch over until their first moult. Their maternal care is extensive for spiders, and they carry unhatched egg sacs on their bellies. Courtship is often an extended process with nursery spiders; males bring females gifts of captured insects, with mating only occurring when the female accepts the gift.Full Answer >
Male tarantula spiders can live upwards of seven years, while females can live up to 30. Their longevity is aided by the fact they molt, or shed, their exoskeletons to enable them to grow and repair their bodies.Full Answer >
Spiders are carnivores that prey on insects and other spiders. Spiders will eat almost anything they can catch, including flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, bedbugs, crickets and moths.Full Answer >
Mothballs emit a toxic vapor that kills all types of insects, including spiders. However, mothballs should never be used to control spiders because mothball vapor is toxic to people and animals.Full Answer >