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The Tarantula

The Tarantula is an arachnid, putting it in the same group as spiders, scorpions, and ticks! These hairy, eight-legged creatures can range in size from as small as a fingernail to as large as a dinner plate when their legs are spread out. Found everywhere except Antarctica, some live in trees while others burrow in the ground. They can be brown, black, or even a blueish color and their bodies are covered in tiny hairs that are used for sensory purposes and to protect themselves from predators.

Tarantula - Animal Matchup
Tarantula
SizeUp to 11 inches (28 cm) including leg span
WeightUp to 3.5 ounces (100 grams)
Speed1mph (1.6km/h)
Key StrengthVenomous fangs
Biggest WeaknessSlow movement
Scientific NameTheraphosidae
FamilyAraneae
HabitatVarious, predominantly in tropical regions
GeographyWorldwide, predominantly in the tropics
DietInsects, small birds, rodents, and lizards
Lifespan10 years - 25 years
Tarantula - Animal Matchup

The Tarantula

The Tarantula is an arachnid, putting it in the same group as spiders, scorpions, and ticks! These hairy, eight-legged creatures can range in size from as small as a fingernail to as large as a dinner plate when their legs are spread out. Found everywhere except Antarctica, some live in trees while others burrow in the ground. They can be brown, black, or even a blueish color and their bodies are covered in tiny hairs that are used for sensory purposes and to protect themselves from predators.

Fun Fact: You often see the tarantula as aggressive in movies, but in reality, these fuzzy critters would rather run away than fight, and they hardly ever bite humans unless threatened!

Tarantula
SizeUp to 11 inches (28 cm) including leg span
WeightUp to 3.5 ounces (100 grams)
Speed1mph (1.6km/h)
Key StrengthVenomous fangs
Biggest WeaknessSlow movement
Scientific NameTheraphosidae
FamilyAraneae
HabitatVarious, predominantly in tropical regions
GeographyWorldwide, predominantly in the tropics
DietInsects, small birds, rodents, and lizards
Lifespan10 years - 25 years

Fun Fact: Female tarantulas generally live much longer than their male counterparts. A male tarantula lives two to ten years, while a female can live up to 30 years!

Fun Fact: Tarantulas can fly...sort of! They will climb to a high place, raise their abdomen, release silk threads and "balloon" away. They even use this method to travel long distances.