5 Interesting Facts About Wonderful Parachute Spiders

Wonderful Parachute Spider

Here is a wonderful parachute spider waiting for some prey to ambush

Today I want to write about a really big species of spider, the wonderful parachute spider.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. Also known as the Bengal ornamental spider, these beautiful spiders grow over 20 cm long.
  2. 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.
  3. They are also related to tarantulas and have a very painful bite.
  4. They don’t build webs like other spiders, but ambush their prey, using their powerful venom to immobilise their prey before feeding.
  5. 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?

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