Tarantulas

Tarantula, Brachypelma

To lots of people, tarantulas are disgustingly revolting since they’re hairy, stocky, and fearsome-looking. . .But to other individuals, they’re TERRIFIC! Despite their reputations, most tarantulas are harmless to people and are popular in exotic pet trade. There are no true tarantulas which are proven to have a bite that’s deadly to humans.

. .Yup, that is what I said!

Tarantulas range in colours from brown, black and gray (very drab) to excitingly colorful kinds of metallic blue, white and black, bright orange, and cobalt blue.

Tarantulas are very often hairy and rather large. They don’t spin webs, unless they reside in a tube, because they hunt their prey on the floor. If they live in a tube, they’re known to lineup that tube with internet to catch drifting prey. They use their speed and ambush capabilities to capture different spiders and insects. Larger varieties are even know to capture lizards, birds and rodents.

My Story: When I lived in Australia back in 1994-95, I was on the phone with my mum in Canada as I had been wandering around the house. All of a sudden, I let out a massive scream and dropped the phone. I return to pick up the telephone to explain to her that I simply walked to the restroom. At the bottom of the tub was a big, hairy spider about the size of a saucer (like it’s legs), and it was making a sound and leaping about 1 1/2 feet into the air.

I was so petrified, I did not know what to do. My mom was scared on the opposite end of the telephone as I got a clear plastic container and hauled some holes into the base of it, and covered it up in the tub until my roommates came home, who were native Aussies…

They believed it was so funny I was so scared, but I had never seen one before, being from Canada! They safely let it out for me. Not my cup of tea, but a lot of people loves these little guys! I wish I’d have considered taking a photograph of it!

Scientific Classification:

Tarantulas rely upon their thick exoskeleton for support and protection. The body length of tarantulas vary from 2.5 – 10 cm (1-4 inches), with 8-30 cm (3 to 12 inch) leg spans (their size when adding their legs).

Conservation Status: For the most part, tarantulas do well. However, the Mexican red-knee tarantula is on the Critically Endangered list based on WWF. This is because urbanization, increasing tourism, and manipulation of wildlife are high-intensity risks to the area, as are road building, perennial plantations, and ranching.

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