Spiders can thrive and live in almost any place: on the edges of the ocean, on plants, under rocks, in trees, in caves and even over the water, according to Australian Museum. The only places that spiders cannot inhabit are the oceans, the highest mountains and the polar regions. Spiders are seen on almost every continent.Continue Reading
Spider species that are often seen everywhere use a behavior called ballooning. Some spiders, especially baby spiders, are so light that they can put out a very thin line of silk thread that can float away in the wind, carrying them up and away, and allowing them to spread across the globe. Spiders that dwell in houses can be stuck on furniture and other things, and often get moved around when the people living there move to a different place.
Climate change, rising sea levels and other ecological events can sometimes render some spider species isolated or trapped in their current habitats. Cave spiders, for example, may not be able to survive long enough to adapt outside of their natural habitat. Other species may adapt to their new surroundings and forget their previous habitat. Such spider species are significant in providing valuable information about the spider's adaptation and evolutionary process.Learn more about Spiders
Orb weaver spiders can be found all over the world. There are over 4,000 different species of them. They have two body segments, including a cephalothorax and an abdomen. They have eight legs, all of which are connected to the cephalothorax.Full Answer >
White spiders found in Florida include the goldenrod crab spider and the white banded crab spider. In both species, females change back and forth between yellow and white as they await prey. The goldenrod crab spider preys on much larger insects, including butterflies and bees.Full Answer >
Unless the spiders are being consumed on purpose, the average person is unlikely ever to swallow a spider. Occasionally, a ballooning spider might accidentally drift into a human mouth, but this is such an exceptional event that it would be difficult to derive an average figure for the general population.Full Answer >
Some examples of big Australian spiders are the huntsman spider, the barking spider and the trap door spider. All of these spiders can be 30 millimeters in length or longer.Full Answer >