Our part one article with the first set of seven things you didn’t know about the spider might have sent shivers down your back, but wait until you see our part two! We have all of the most intriguing information about this mysterious and deadly creature, and we are here to fill you in. Read on to discover the top eight things that you didn’t know about the spider!
Number Eight: The Spider Diet
Spiders are notorious for consuming their prey vampire-style, but the technique is necessary to the nature of the spider. The innards of these creatures are so thin that they simply can’t process solids; therefore, evolution has fit them with the ability to liquidize their meals before consumption. During this process, digestive enzymes are shot through an unlucky victim, and the spider consumes it by grinding it up with its fangs.
Number Seven: Veg Heads
While most species of spiders utilize this dining technique on its unfortunate prey, there are actually a select few vegetarian spider species. For example, the common jumping spider.
Number Six: Creepy Crawly
Most often, the long legs of a spider account for a vast majority of the arachnid’s size in comparison to its body area. The spider with the longest legs is the giant huntsman’s spider, whose legs can grow to an astonishing length of 12 inches (each!).
Number Five: The Biggest Beast
The biggest spider known to man is deemed the goliath bird-eater. It’s only a little bigger than your face. The main diet of the species is mostly small rodents but gained its name as a photographer caught a shot of the creature gnawing on a small bird. Don’t worry, it’s mostly harmless.
Number Four: An Unsettling Fact
If you tend to overthink things, you may just want to skip past this one. Remarkably, at (almost) any location in the world, you will never be more than 10 feet away from spiders. We say almost because almost nothing scary lives in Antarctica. A single, normal acre of land is known to harbor as many as a million of the little creeps.
Number Three: On the Hunt
While the spider is most known for its web-spinning talents, there are certain species that don’t spin webs at all. Rather, they prefer to indulge in the thrill of the hunt. Some amazing species, like trapdoor spiders, have adapted to using tools to catch their prey.
Number Two: Glass Bones
Tarantulas are one of the friendliest species of spiders, and they are also the most delicate. Oddly enough, a short drop can cause a tarantula’s exoskeleton to rupture. They don’t exactly have glass bones, but it is a pretty similar effect. In addition, tarantulas are one of the few spider species who do not bit to defend themselves. Instead, if one feels threatened, it will shoot barbed hairs from its abdomen. It won’t kill you, but it might sting a bit.
Number One: Little Jumpers
Jumping spiders can be one of the creepiest species of this creature. They are often rather docile; however, they have an extremely intimidating talent for vertical jumping. It is estimated that spiders can jump straight up as much as 40 times their length, which is proportionally equivalent to a man jumping to the top floor of a 21-story skyscraper. We hope you enjoyed our list of the top 15 things you didn’t know about the spider!