Tarantulas belong to the Theraphosidae family of spiders. Till date, about 900 species of this family have been identified. The Tarantula is the biggest spider in the world. Africans call them baboon spiders and South Americans call them hairy spiders.
HOW TO IDENTIFY TARANTULAS
Tarantulas are usually black or brown in color and have thick dense hair all over their body. While the average body size of a tarantula is 7 to 10 cm, they can reach up to 30 cm! They usually seem bigger because of their hair.
Appearance, Behavior, and Signs
The body of tarantulas is divided into two parts: the prosoma and the abdomen. These are connected by a pedicle, which is said to be the waist of tarantulas. This waist assists them in mobility and agility. They have eight legs and bodies covered with thick dense hair.
While these spiders look very scary to humans due to their appearance, they are not as aggressive and mind their own business. Although they have long needle-like fangs, if you don’t provoke them, they won’t cause any harm to you. Some tarantulas dig burrows underground and some can also start living in burrows made by other spiders. They use their silk to make doors for their burrows.
The most obvious sign of a tarantula infestation can be if you observe them in more numbers in your house, or locate a web or a burrow. However, the tarantula is generally shy, they prefer to hide if they can.