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True or False

  1. Spiders are insects
  2. ‘Arachnid’ just means spider
  3. If it has 8 legs then it is a spider
  4. All spiders make webs
  5. A daddy-longlegs is a type of spider
  6. All spiders have fangs and can bite if they want to
  7. Spiders live in all parts of the world
  8. All spiders are male
  9. You will see most spiders in late summer
  10. You are always within 1 meter of a spider

 

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  1. False, they are arachnids.
  2. False, ‘Arachnids’ doesn’t just mean spider. Other arachnids include scorpions and ticks. Spiders are just one type.
  3. False, all arachnids, not just spiders, have 4 pairs of legs.
  4. False, all spiders make silk but only about half of them make a web. Others hunt or wait for prey.
  5. False, ‘daddy-longlegs’ means harvestman (not a spider) or crane fly (an insect).
  6. False, spiders all have fangs but they rarely bite humans, but that isn’t because their fangs are too small; most could bite if they tried.
  7. False, spiders live in all parts of the world except Antarctica.  
  8. False, spiders can be male or female and the female spider is usually bigger than the male.
  9. True, but only because spiders move into warmer environments (ie your home) as the weather gets cooler.
  10. Depends! How close the nearest spider may be does, in fact, depend on where you are. If you are standing on a lawn then you can assume that spiders are under your feet. If you are in the middle of a car park then the nearest spider could be many meters away.
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