40 Mind Blowing Facts About Spiders

They have eight legs and venom-injecting mouthparts (chelicerae). The majority produce silk. Spiders can be found on every continent except Antarctica and in almost every habitat except air and sea. Some smallest full-grown spiders can be less than 4 mm in length (0.1 inches). So here are 40 interesting facts about this wonderful but scary creature.

  1. Spiders are entirely carnivorous and rely on ants, bees, mosquitoes, some spiders. They can also eat small animals like frogs, birds, lizards, and centipedes.
  2. The world’s largest spider is Goliath birdeater. It weighs about 170g and is 30 cm in size.
  3. The world’s oldest spiderweb was found in an amber in Spain with its prey. It is about 110 million years old.
  4. Most spiders have a lifespan of 1-2 years. Whereas Goliath bird eater has a lifespan of 15-25 years.
  5. Spiders are found in every continent of the world except the arctic polar region and Antarctica.
  6. Most of the Spiders create webs to catch their prey inside them.
  7. It is estimated that there are about 25 million tons of spiders in the world that kill nearly 400-800 million tons of prey every year.
  8. Some male spiders have special legs designed to hold females’ jaws open during mating, so they don’t get eaten or bitten.
  9. Spider silks are a better conductor of heat than most metals.
  10. 14th March is celebrated as spider day, which encourages us to appreciate spiders which eat lots of insects that can spread diseases.
  11. The spider webs which are abandoned are called cobwebs.
  12. Fried spiders taste like nuts.
  13. Spiders have claws at the ends of their legs.
  14. Certain female species of spiders like the Australian crab spider sacrifice their bodies as food for their offspring.
  15. There are about 35000 species of spiders worldwide. But only a few are venomous and deadly to humans.
  16. The first spider-like creatures appeared around 386 million years ago, and the first predecessors of today spiders around 200 million years ago.
  17. Like other spiders, tarantulas paralyze their prey with venom, then use digestive enzymes to turn the meal into a soupy liquid.
  18. Tarantulas are large and often hairy spiders; the biggest species have been known to kill mice, lizards, and birds.
  19. The smallest species of spider is patu digua which is just about 0.37 mm, roughly just one-fifth of the headpin’s size.
  20. The most venomous spider in the world is the male is the Sydney funnel-web spider Atrax robustus.
  21. The Female Wolf spiders carry their babies on their back.
  22. Spiders don’t have antennae, while some insects do have.
  23. Most species of spiders have four eyes pairs of eyes. Two of them are for light detectors, while the other two eyes are their prominent eyes which are in front.
  24. The average human eats eight spiders in their lifetime at night.
  25. The silk produced by spiders is more robust than steel.
  26. Spiders can walk on water, and breathe under it, too.
  27. Spiders eat their own webs to recycle them.
  28. 95% of the spiders in your house have never been outside.
  29. They can live for hours in water by entering a self-induced coma.
  30. Research shows that if you’re afraid of spiders, you’re more likely to find one in your bedroom.
  31. Spiders are scared of ants due to the formic acid they contain.
  32. Spiders, together with scorpions, belong to the group of arachnids. Arachnids have eight legs, while insects have six legs.
  33. True spiders always have organs for spinning silk known as spinnerets.
  34. Spiders usually have eight eyes, but still, they cannot see that well.
  35. Spiders don’t have penises. They mate with the appendages on their face.
  36. Many female black widow spiders eat their males after mating.
  37. Orb spiders mummify their prey before they kill it.
  38. The phobia of fear from spiders is called arachnophobia.
  39. Female spiders are mostly bigger than male ones.
  40. There is a jumping spider called Bagheera kiplingi, which is also the only vegetarian spider.

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