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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Arachnida
Order:Araneae
Family:Theraphosidae
Genus:Lasiodora
Genus species:Lasiodora parahybana

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:2.5-12 cm
Weight:30-90 g
Identification:The tarantula's body is tan to black in color. It has two large fangs.
Habitat:Dry areas
Diet:Carnivore: insects, lizards, birds
Reproduction:Mating takes place during the fall, after which the males will die. Females keep their eggs (500-1000) wrapped in a silk cocoon in their burrows. The eggs hatch after 6-9 weeks. Tarantulas can live up to 40 years of age.
The tarantula is solitary except during breeding.
Behavior:Unlike some other spiders, tarantulas don't spin webs and live in burrows instead. They are nocturnal hunters, injecting their venom into their prey.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The tarantula is derived from the town of Taranto, where legend stated that its bite was fatal unless the patient danced until exhausted and the poison had been sweated from the system. There are more than 800 documented species of tarantulas. Their venom is not harmful to humans. Common predators include lizards, snakes, birds, and a wasp known as the Tarantula Hawk.

Other Information

Geographic:Worldwide Date:1958-1988 Subjects:arachnid
Salmon pink bird eater tarantula
spider
Tarantulas
Spiders
Arachnida
Arthropoda
Invertebrates