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World's biggest spider

Tarantulas fast facts:

10 - Female tarantulas can live 30 years or longer in the wild
9 - The largest tarantulas have a leg span of nearly 10 inches, or about the size of a dinner plate
8 - Tarantulas are quite docile and rarely bite people
7 - Tarantulas defend themselves by throwing needle-like, barbed hairs at their attackers
6 - Tarantulas ambush small prey at night. They are not using webs to capture prey
5 - Like other spiders, tarantulas paralyze their prey with venom, then use digestive enzymes to turn the meal into a soupy liquid
4 - Even a fall from a short height can cause a deadly rupture of the tarantula's exoskeleton
3 - Tarantulas have retractable claws on each leg, like cats
2 - Tarantulas produce silk, and they put this resource to use in clever ways. Females use silk to decorate the interiors of their burrows, which is thought to strengthen the earthen walls. Males weave a silken mat on which to lay their sperm. Females encase their eggs in a silken cocoon.
1 - Tarantulas can regenerate lost legs. And they eat the lost one.


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