Best 10 Tarantulas Facts, How big are tarantulas?

Hello people! I hope you are having good health and taking good care of your pets well. Maybe some of you have pets like a cute dog or a cat that is too cuddly. We love to have them around. But there are also people present near me and you that do not like to be just ordinary. They want themselves to be out of the box. Or sometimes they just don’t love cute and are more into dangerous things. Like, friends of mine love to have dragons, snakes, and others as pets. Well, we may seem to frighten but they love to have them as pets. In this article, we are going to talk about How big are tarantulas? To have them as pests, we must know about them. So how exactly big can they get?

How big are tarantulas?

When we talk about spiders mostly people get frightened because they have been associated always with fear. As they grow, they become bigger and hairier and people get scared of them. But the fact is they are not too scary at all. In fact, some tarantulas are not even big enough. Some of the tarantulas are just a few centimeters long. Only with the fact that the world’s largest spider which is known as Goliath bird eater can be big enough as your dinner plate.

How big are baby tarantulas?

Living organisms in order to continue their hierarchy and genetic lane they have to reproduce. Similarly tarantulas reproduce too. Some time ago, a video went viral on the internet in which a girl removed an egg sac from the spider. The baby spiders were actually of two Brazilian and Mexican red tarantulas. The results were quite freaking, fascinating and creepy enough.

When the baby sac was removed from the female spider, there were more than 1000 baby spiders. The most fascinating part was how beautifully the mother has handled all the moving creatures inside it.

By looking into the video you can see that these spiders are not bigger than one part of your finger. Of course, these spiders will be bigger by then and Mexican red knees can grow up to 17 centimeters meaning 6 inches.

How big are giant tarantulas?

The world’s biggest spider is the goliath bird eater. They can be as large up to a dinner plate. The interesting thing is in spite of having eight eyes, they don’t see much. Therefore, they use hairs on their legs and abdomen to sense and feel vibrations.

Though they are named as bird eaters. They don’t actually eat birds, quite frequently. They also produce a specific sound by rubbing their bristles on their legs. This sound is quite loud. This specific sound can be heard from a long distance of up to 15 feet away.

How big are Australian tarantulas?

In Australia, there are different kinds of tarantula species. The ones that are discovered up till now are seven. These species vary greatly in their size, color and characteristics. They usually have a leg span of 5 -6 cm. Like most other tarantula species their females are more in size than males. They also have a greater lifespan than males. Australian tarantulas are often referred to as the “whistling spiders”. This is because the specific sound they produce whenever they feel some kind of threat is imposed to them. Do you want you know more about tarantulas like can tarantulas jump?

How big can tarantulas get?

More than eight hundred and fifty species of tarantulas have been discovered. Tarantulas are mostly terrestrial and some tree bound species are also found. As frightening as they may appear, only a few tarantulas can get that big. Some of them are even smaller than your finger. They have venom and fangs but only few rare species are lethal. Their bites are painful yet not lethal.  In most cases their bites don’t hurt more than a bee sting. The greatest spider of tarantulas is “Goliath bird eater”.

How big are tarantulas as pets?

Tarantulas are the creatures that belong to the family of arthropods. They are usually trouble to many people and are found to be terrifying. There are almost 800 plus species of tarantulas discovered yet. They are mostly found in tropical and desert areas. Males are found to be smaller and with lesser life span. Females on the other hand, are larger in size and are found to survive more than males.

The most common pet tarantulas are Pink toed, red- knee and rose haired tarantulas. The size and characteristics of tarantulas depend widely on their species. Adult tarantulas of these species are 2 to 10 inches. Their life span for females range from 30 years whereas the lifespan of males is up to 7 years.

How big is a tarantula spider?

Tarantulas are not as scary as they seem, some are even smaller than your fingers. They are often feared due to the venom and fangs. But, the truth is they hardly bite. The bites are also not lethal. The largest tarantula is the Goliath bird eater.

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What you should know about tarantulas?

There are several factors that you should be aware of about tarantulas, these factors will burst some myths as well and will create a broader image of tarantulas in your mind.

Overall  description:

The fact is there are a variety of tarantula species and they all look versatile. Mostly, tarantulas are found in regions of California and in jungles of North and South America. The easiest identification of a tarantula is that they are quite big and are covered with hair.

They have a wide range of color spectrum but mostly they are in colors black and brown. As far as their size is concerned they are 7-10 centimeters in length. The measurement varies up to the world largest and biggest spider, Goliath bird eater spider which is 30 cm in length.

There is a pattern specification in the case of tarantulas. They come in a variety of patterns and colors. Some of the tarantulas that are famous around the world are Red Rump, Red knee and cobalt blue tarantulas. Their extreme variety in colors and patterns have them an attraction for pet owners.

Physiological appearance:

Similar to other spiders, tarantulas also have a very hard exoskeleton that is more convenient to see than in small spiders. Like all other spiders they also have eight eyes in the form of pairs. Majorly, there are two big eyes in center and these are surrounded by three more eyes one each side. Their bodies are divided into two sections:

  • Prosoma
  • Abdomen also referred as opisthosoma

The above mentioned body parts are connected through what they say in easy words such as the waist which is known as a “pedicle”.

The point through which they release their venom is known as “Pedipalps” or “Fangs” as they are quite large and are very easily visible to the human eye.

Hiding areas:

Tarantulas are excellent in camouflaging and hiding. During most of their life they remain underground and burrowed and often come out during their mating season. When they are not hiding in their holes they will hide at any place that will save them from their predators.

Tarantulas are night animals which means they hunt, eat and get outside in the dark. It is also essential for them to do this at night as it saves them from predators and also as they do not produce any kind of web to capture their predators.

Are they dangerous? 

The simplest answer to the question without any hanky panky is “yes”, they do bite. That’s their natural process to capture their prey. They bite so that they can inject venom into their prey and then they release such kind of enzymes that helps them in digestion of their prey so they can easily consume them.

As far as human biting is concerned, the answer is “probably”. The thing is any organism when gets sacred cope up the situation with their natural capability to protect itself. They may stiff their hair up to warn you so that you should get away. But if you are constantly teasing a tarantula and there is no option left for it then it will definitely bite.

But in most cases the bites are dry without any venom just to scare and hurt. The tarantula bite without any venom is similar to the sting bite in terms of pain. But, anyone with a tarantula or spider bite should seek vet immediately to remain on the safer side.

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