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Spiders in the Uk

Spiders in the Uk 1

Spider facts 

Read the facts about spiders (below) can you make a facts page about your favorite spider? Draw a picture of it. You could also go online to research a spider of your own if you like!  

  • Spiders are arachnids, not insects.
  • Other members of the arachnid family include scorpions, mites, ticks and harvestmen.
  • Spiders have 8 legs while insects have 6.
  • Spiders don’t have antennae while insects do.
  • Spiders are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
  • There are around 40000 different species of spider.
  • Most spiders make silk which they use to create spider webs and capture prey.
  • Abandoned spider webs are called cobwebs.
  • Most spiders are harmless to humans but a few spider species, such as the black widow, can bite humans and inject venom. Deaths from spider bites are rare however.
  • An abnormal fear of spiders is called ‘arachnophobia’.
  • Tarantulas are large and often hairy spiders, the biggest species have been known to kill mice, lizards and birds.
  • Most tarantula species pose no threat to humans.
  • The largest specie of tarantula is the Goliath Birdeater.
  • Giant Huntsman spiders have leg-spans of around 30cm

Spider Fact Page 

Find out about a spider of your own choice and use the internet to research some facts about it. You could use these questions as a guide to help you. 

  • What do I look like?
  • What is my name? 
  • Where do I live? 
  • What do I eat? 
  • How big am I? 
  • Can I spin a web? 
  • Can I hurt you?