Tarantulas live in subtropical, tropical and arid regions across southern North America, South America, Africa, southern Asia and coastal Australia. Most of the hundreds of species found worldwide are burrowers.
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.
The tarantula hawk wasp is the biggest natural enemy of the tarantula. Many animals and insects, including larger mammals, reptiles, birds and fly maggots, eat tarantulas as well.
Some facts about tarantulas are that they don’t catch prey with webs, they defend themselves by throwing tiny hairs and they can regrow their legs. In some cases, tarantulas can grow to be 10 inches long.
There are around 900 different species of tarantulas with different species spread throughout Southwestern United States, Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Tarantulas are large arachnids that can grow to 5 inches long when spread out and weigh as much as 6 ounces. They can live
Tarantulas are not dangerous to humans. Tarantulas have an unpleasant bite, but their venom is not deadly. The average bee's venom is more potent than that of a tarantula.
Animals that eat tarantulas are weasels, skunks, owls, hawks, snakes, the spider-wasp and the bulldog raspy cricket. Parents in various countries around the world consider tarantulas an excellent source of protein for their children.
Baby tarantulas eat crickets, or pieces of crickets, that are approximately the same size as the spider, minus the legs. Baby roaches, maggots and termites can be used as food for a baby tarantula. Prey of an appropriate size offered to a baby tarantula twice a week is normally sufficient.
Tarantulas can and do bite people. However, they only bite when they feel threatened, and only as a last resort. Most tarantulas in the Americas have barbed hairs that they use defensively before biting. Species from other parts of the world lack these hairs and are more aggressive.
Tarantulas are not poisonous to humans. Their bite can cause pain comparable to that of a bee or wasp sting, but with no long-lasting effects. However, some may exhibit more serious effects, such as the swelling, hives and low blood pressure associated with anaphylactic shock, and require medical at