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Tarantulas

By Anders Nielsen, Ph.d.

Tarantulas (Poecilotheria fasciata) are restricted to temperate forests in mountainous areas of southern and central Sri Lanka and northeastern India.

Topic: Yellow Sac S.
Are spiders insects?

Tarantulas are primarily nocturnal animals that feed on insects, many of which are found in between crops and in dead trees. As dead trees are a source of firewood in both India and Sri Lanka, tarantulas are threatened with extinction.

Topic: Golden Silk S.
Red Back Jumping S.

Its carapace is grey with cream markings. The length of the tarantula varies from 6-8 cm (males) to 14-16 cm (females). The largest ever recorded was 20 cm. The legs of a tarantula are banded black and white. It has a yellow color underneath the first two pairs of legs. It has a dark abdomen with a broad, central, cream-colored band on it.

Topic: Bird Spider
Most dangerous S.

The yellow color is probably a warning signal to potential attackers.

Tarantulas often live in silken retreats under bark or in cavities of dead trees. Females have a fairly low egg production compared to other spiders, as they only produce an average of 100 eggs per egg sac.

Topic: Worlds Biggest S.
Wolf Spiders

Tarantula Bites

A bite from a tarantula is followed by pain, redness, and swelling at the site of the wound. The bite isn't fatal, but in order to avoid bacterial infections, you should wash the area with soap and water. Do seek immediate medical treatment if you observe any abnormal allergic reaction.

A tarantula with red legs
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