Fun Facts about Spiders
19 Interesting Facts about Spiders
- Spiders are not insects. They belong to the arachnid family that includes scorpions, mites and ticks.
- Spiders are found on every continent of the world, except Antarctica.
- There are approximately 40,000 different species of spiders.
- Spiders can produce silk which they use to create spider webs and capture prey.
- Abandoned spider webs are known as cobwebs.
- Most spiders are harmless to humans but a few species, like the Brazilian wanderer and the black widow, can cause human deaths.
- The fear of spiders is called arachnophobia.
- The large hairy spiders that you see in movies and challenge shows on television are tarantulas.
- The skeleton of a spider is located outside its body.
- Spiders do not have a nose or ears. They are able to sense vibrations, touch, and sounds through the tiny hair that cover their bodies.
- Along with their muscles, spiders use their blood pressure as well to move.
- A female spider may lay up to 2000 eggs at a time.
- Spiders have also been sent to the space. Even in the absence of gravity, they built perfect webs.
- The largest spider in the world is the Giant Bird-eating spider. It can be as big as a dinner plate.
- The smallest spider is the Patu Marplesi. You can easily fit 10 of them on the end of a pencil.
- Spider silk is one of the strongest materials in the world! Scientists believe that it is even stronger than steel!
- Some spiders may have as many as eight eyes. Common spiders have only six eyes, while the cave-dwelling species have no eyes at all.
- Spiders can’t digest solid foods. They must turn the meal into a liquid form with the help of digestive juices.
- People in South America eat tarantulas as they are a rich source of protein.
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