Silent Sunday this week showed you a beautiful picture of a spider , well not all of you found the little creature beautiful and aracnophobia (a fear of spiders) is not uncommon. But I thought I would give you a little more information about spiders so you can decide for yourself if they are creepy or in fact very clever!
Plus I will attach a worksheet for you to print off so you can make you own spider and next week will add on how to make the web!
- Spiders are known as a group of animals called arachnids! Arachnids have 2 body parts and eight legs, so are not insects
- Spiders are predators which means they hunt living prey
- Spiders will eat other spiders
- Spiders can be dated back 2 million years!
- Spiders have fangs – almost all spiders have venom in them!
- Only a few spiders have venom strong enough to cause serious pain to a human like the Black Widow
- All spiders produce silk
- Not all spiders make webs
- Silk is used to build webs, smooth burrow walls (yes spider’s like to decorate!), build egg sacs and wrap their prey!
- When spider’s hang on their silk like a rope it is called a ‘dragline’
- Some large spiders will trap and eat birds, bats, mice, fish and even snakes!
- Spiders live on liquid lunches! They cannot chew or swallow, so they inject their prey with venom which turns their insides into goo which they then such up (without the straw!)