Tarantula Outline for comm111

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Tarantula Care Outline - very unusual pet but can be a good first pet (b/c amount of care needed) - 300 species, family Theraphosidae - 2 types – terrestrial and arboreal - Found on all continents except Antarctica, majority on South America - Largest tarantula is over 13 inches in leg span, and the smallest is about the size of a fingernail. - They can live up to thirty years, and very resilient pets Habitat - Some dig burrows in the ground - Some live in holes in trees - Some make webs in the ground, but none spin webs like the spiders we think of. - Usually live in warm climates, from rainforests to deserts. Sexual Dimorphism - Males tend to be a lot smaller, along with being much more colorful in some species - Females are generally much larger and more aggressive Diet and Feeding - Carnivores, or meat eaters - Eat variety of foods depending on location and size of the tarantula - Eat anything from ants, grasshoppers, butterflies, worms, frogs, rodents, lizards, birds, and snakes - Use venom to attack prey and partially digest them
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course COMM 111 taught by Professor Willard during the Spring '08 term at University of Louisville.

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