Discover Arachnids

Arachnids have been around for over 500 million years – that’s a long time! All arachnids have eight legs.

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Spiders are probably the most well-known arachnid, but did you know that scorpions, mites, harvest men and ticks also belong to the arachnid family?

What do Arachnids eat?


Forest Scorpion

You can find more than 30 species of forest scorpions. They are nocturnal creatures that are native to South-East Asia. They have poor vision, so use sensitive hairs to detect prey and terrain around them. Often found living on the forest floor, amongst leaf litter and debris, close to food sources such as insects. They are well known for their distinctive features, including two pedipalps (pincers) at the front, and a large tail with its unmistakable stinger at the end!

Mexican Red Knee Tarantula

The Mexican Red Knee Tarantula is a brown or black coloured tarantula with lighter legs that have red markings on them. They are native to the mountainous regions around Pacific Coast, but in fact, this tarantula can be found across many different habitats such as dry tropical forests or desert areas where it loves living between crevices under rocks to escape predators. The lifespan of a male is only 5 years, whereas females live for 30 years or more.

Pinktoe Tarantula

The Pink Toe Tarantula (Avicularia avicularia) also known as ‘common pink toes’ is a very interesting and colourful species of spider. It can change its appearance based on how it grows, turning darker with pink feet as they develop. The arboreal species is native to the South American region, and live in tree canopies, shrubs and bushes. Males live for 4 years, whereas female Pinktoes live for 12 years.

Curly Hair Tarantula

This plump-bodied spider is covered with dark brown or black bristles that start very light in colouration as juveniles, and then mature to become darker over time. In their natural habitat, these tarantulas can be found living amongst rocks. Their long bristles give them a characteristic curl, giving them a unique appearance. The lifespan of a male is around 5 years, while females can survive up to 20!

Chilean Rose Tarantula

The Grammostola rosea, commonly known as the Chilean Rose Tarantula, is a fascinating creature. They naturally prefer dry desert scrubland regions, but will roam around to find more suitable areas for food and shelter in their natural habitats of Central America. The male's lifespan ranges from 3-7 years, while females live for up to 20 years.

Bird Eating Tarantula

The Bird Eating Tarantula is the biggest tarantula species on earth. The goliath spiders can be found living under rocks and tree roots, where they create silk burrows to catch their prey. Native to the Northern regions of South America in warm and humid rainforests, they feed mostly on insects but will also consume rodents or frogs.Females live much longer than males (20 years vs 3–6).

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