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This Real Tarantula Spider in Lucite is a great display specimen. Tarantulas are a group of very large and often hairy arachnids belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, with approximately 900 species identified so far. Like all arthropods, the tarantula is an invertebrate that relies on an exoskeleton for muscular support. Haplopelma minax are relatively large specimens, with leg spans ranging from 4.5 to 6″. These tarantulas thrive in tropical environments, requiring humidity levels of up to 70% or more. They inhabit the tropical rain forests of southeast Asia, where they build and live in burrows up to several feet deep, emerging to capture food. These spiders prey on numerous small creatures, such as cockroaches, crickets, and mice.
Tarantula fangs are hollow extensions of the chelicerae that inject venom into prey or animals that the tarantula bites in defense, and they are also used to masticate. These fangs are articulated so that they can extend downward and outward in preparation to bite or can fold back toward the chelicerae as a pocket knife blade folds back into its handle. The chelicerae of a tarantula completely contain the venom glands and the muscles that surround them, and can cause the venom to be forcefully injected into prey. Like all old-world tarantulas, the spiders in Haploplema lack the urticating hairs found in their new world counterparts, and use biting as a primary means of defense. Those common in the pet trade are known as temperamental, difficult to care for, and likely to bite. While the venom of many of these species has not been studied, old world tarantulas are known for strong venom.
These paperweights are a perfect way to explore these fascinating specimens from every angle without worrying about harming the specimen. Different batches may have a slight yellow tint, but this will not affect the visibility of the specimen.
• Approximately 3″
• You will receive a specimen similar to the reference specimens