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Fun Spider Facts for Kids

  • Spiders can spin webs of silk stronger than steel.
  • Spiders are arachnids, not insects.
    Other members of the arachnid family include scorpions, mites, ticks and harvestmen.
  • Spiders have 8 legs while insects have 6.
  • Spiders don’t have antennae while insects do.
  • Spiders are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
  • There are around 40000 different species of spider.
  • The largest species of tarantula is the Goliath Birdeater.
    Giant Huntsman spiders have leg-spans of around 30cm (12 in).
  • Most spiders make silk which they use to create spider webs and capture prey.
  • Abandoned spider webs are called cobwebs.
  • Most spiders are harmless to humans but a few spider species, such as the black widow, can bite humans and inject venom.
  • Deaths from spider bites are rare, however.
    An abnormal fear of spiders is called ‘arachnophobia’.
  • Tarantulas are large and often hairy spiders, the biggest species have been known to kill mice, lizards and birds.
  • Most tarantula species pose no threat to humans