National Aquarium – Tarantula

Tarantula

Theraphosidae

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Often large and hairy, some tarantula species live in the trees, while others live in holes in the ground.

It may take many years for a tarantula to reach sexual maturity, and while males rarely live more than a year beyond this date, females may continue living for 20 years or more.

Did You Know?

Tarantulas can fling irritating hairs from their abdomen at predators.

Diet

The diet is usually comprised of insects and other arthropods. Larger species may kill and eat small reptiles and rodents.

Size

Tarantula leg spans range from 1 inch to nearly 1 foot.

Range

Tarantulas are found in temperate, desert and tropical habitats worldwide.

Population Status

Most tarantulas, including the species we exhibit, are not threatened.

Predators

The primary predator of adult tarantulas is a wasp called a “tarantula hawk.”

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