Tarantula- a ruthless pet spider

Baku, April 7, AZERTAC

Despite the common delusion, linking spiders to insects, these crawling creatures are actually refer to a different class of animals.

The spiders, any of more than 46,700 species, belong to the class of Arachnids and differ from insects (class Insecta) in having eight legs, instead of six.

The predators by nature, spiders produce venom for use in capturing prey. However, only a few species are toxic for humans.

Indeed, some spiders could even be kept as home pets.

Tarantulas (family Theraphosidae) are hairy and generally large spiders that could be found in world’s subtropical, tropical and arid regions.

According to the National Geographic, tarantulas are slow and deliberate movers, but accomplished nocturnal predators.

Insects are their main prey, but they could also target bigger game, including frogs, toads, mice and even small birds.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the name tarantula was originally given to the wolf spider, Lycosa tarentula, of southern Europe and was derived from the town of Taranto, Italy. The bite of L. tarentula was once thought to cause a disease known as tarantism, in which the victim wept and skipped about before going into a wild dance.

Despite giving some people the creeps because of their large size and hairy body, tarantulas are harmless for humans, although they can inflict painful bites if provoked.

Indeed, tarantulas have become popular pets for humans, with numerous species, including Brazilian black tarantula, Honduran Curly Hair tarantula and Chilean Rose tarantula to name a few.


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