Today I want to write about a really big species of spider, the wonderful parachute spider.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Also known as the Bengal ornamental spider, these beautiful spiders grow over 20 cm long.
- Their family are called parachute spiders because when they are disturbed on a tree or wall, they jump and float slowly to the ground where their excellent camouflage makes them hard to find.
- They are also related to tarantulas and have a very painful bite.
- They don’t build webs like other spiders, but ambush their prey, using their powerful venom to immobilise their prey before feeding.
- The wonderful parachute spider is found in forest in the Chhota Nagpur region of northeast India. They are considered endangered due to habitat loss and poaching for the pet trade.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about wonderful parachute spiders?