All spiders are carnivorous, which means they eat a variety of insects and other spiders. Large spiders are able to eat small vertebrates like mice and small birds.Know More
Spiders have a few tricks up their sleeves that help them catch food. One way they catch food is by lying in plants and on the ground and jumping at their prey. Some hunter spiders will go in search of food and others build webs to catch food. Some species of spiders live in silk-lined burrows and wait until prey comes by before jumping out and grabbing it.
Once a spider catches its prey it will inject it with digestive enzymes that essentially liquefy the insect from the inside out. One the insect has started breaking down, the spider will suck it up into its alimentary canal where digestion begins.
Although most of the 35,000 species of spiders eat insects, some have a more diverse diet. Most spiders will not hesitate to cannibalize one another. All spiders prefer live food and large species like tarantulas are powerful enough to take on small birds, lizards, frogs and millipedes.
The largest spider known to exist is the Goliath birdeater tarantula which lives in South America. The Goliath can grow to be 12 inches across, have 1-inch long fangs and eats everything from mice to birds.Learn more about Spiders
Spiders are carnivorous animals, eating insects such as flies, moths, cockroaches, fleas, mosquitos and even other spiders. Some species, such as the tarantula and the Goliath bird eater, are large enough to eat small rodents, amphibians, lizards, snakes and small birds.Full Answer >
The best way to repel spiders is to keep the home clear of dust, food, clutter and debris that attract insects. A bug repellent, long-handled broom or high-pressure hose can be used to get rid of existing spiders outside or inside of the home.Full Answer >
Water spiders, also known as diving bell spiders, eat small fish and insects that get caught in the spider's water bell. Water spiders live completely submerged under the water, only venturing to the surface occasionally for oxygen.Full Answer >
There are many difference between spiders and insects; for example, insects have six legs while spiders have eight, insects eat various foods while spiders primarily eat insects, insects have antennae while spiders do not and insects often have wings and spiders never have wings. Insects also have three distinct body sections while the spider only has two.Full Answer >