Tarantulas live in subtropical, tropical and arid regions across southern North America, South America, Africa, southern Asia and coastal Australia. Most of the hundreds of species found worldwide are burrowers.
Tarantulas emerge from the ground and other cover at night to hunt insects, frogs, toads and mice. The spiders grab prey with their appendages and inject a paralyzing venom before consuming victims with their fangs. While the tarantula's large, hairy body and legs often trigger fear from humans, their painful bite contains no more venom than an average bee. The exotic nature of the tarantula makes it a popular pet among arachnid enthusiasts.Learn More
Tarantulas can and do bite people. However, they only bite when they feel threatened, and only as a last resort. Most tarantulas in the Americas have barbed hairs that they use defensively before biting. Species from other parts of the world lack these hairs and are more aggressive.Full Answer >
Tarantulas spin webs, but they don't use them to trap their prey like many other spiders do. Instead, they live in them and use them for mating and molting purposes.Full Answer >
Tarantulas are not dangerous to humans. Tarantulas have an unpleasant bite, but their venom is not deadly. The average bee's venom is more potent than that of a tarantula.Full Answer >
Tarantulas eat arthropods such as insects and other spiders, and larger species even prey upon small rodents and reptiles. Contrary to its name, the Goliath bird-eating tarantula very rarely consumes birds.Full Answer >