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These Facts About Tarantulas Will Scare The Hell Out Of You

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    Tarantula - There are approximately 900species of tarantula.
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    Text - They have 8 eyes. each of which can sense the tiniest movement. They are also covered in hairs that are extremely sensitive to vibrations.
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    Text - The name "Tarantula" was originally given to a spider found in Taranto, Italy, where a legend said that there was a deadly species of spider which had a bite that would kill you unless you danced until the venom was released from your system.
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    Tarantula - The process of being hatched and then becoming a fully mature tarantula can take up to 10 years.
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    Tarantula - During the summer months, tarantulas often wander out of their 'comfort zone' in order to find a mate.
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    Tarantula - Tarantulas can regenerate lost legs.
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    Text - There are some tarantulas that have adhesive hair-brushes which allow them to climb vertically on the smoothest of objects.
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    Text - A fall from less than a foot high can cause severe damage to the exoskeleton of a tarantula.
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    Tarantula - Tarantulas are incredibly docile and rarely bite people.
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    Tarantula - In the wild, female tarantulas can live to be up to 30 years of age.
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    Text - When threatened, most tarantulas will 'stand' on their hind legs and expose their vicious looking fangs.
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    Text - South American tarantulas will 'kick off' hairs at a potential threat. These hairs are covered with tiny points that cause a great deal of irritation.
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    Tarantula - Tarantula jaws move up and down unlike most spiders which move side to side.
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    Tarantula - There are only a few species of Tarantula that have a powerful bite. In most cases, a bite is no more harmful than a bee sting.
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    Text - When tree-dwelling tarantulas mate, the male finds the female via her scent, and then follows a silken trail that she leaves. How romantic.
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    Text - Tarantulas prefer to hunt small prey at night.
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    Text - When feeding, the tarantula will inject its prey with venom before crushing it with its jaws. At the same time, a fluid is released that turns the victim into a pulp, which can then be eaten.


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