nocturnal, digs burrows deeply into the tropical forest floor
The coloration of individual spiders varies according to their place of origin, the farther south, the darker and more striped they become. They have 8 legs and two pedipalps that are used as “arms”. They have 8 tiny eyes (capable of little more than distinguishing light and dark). They molt to increase size. They have fangs which have a pulpy liquid that allows the spider to kill, absorb, and digest the body of its prey.
4 ½ to 5 ½ inches
tarantulas are solitary
Males 3-6 years, Females 15-20 years
crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, roaches, pinkie mice, and sometimes other
Males wander about, during September and October, searching for the location of a female to mate with. The female will lay between 50-2000 eggs and watch over them for 6-7 weeks.
Of little concern in the wild
tarantulas usually give off several warnings before biting
one of their warnings is flicking off hairs from their abdomen into their
predator’s skin (causing irritation); this is why their abdomens sometimes
have a bald patch
Adult (13 and over)$9.00
Children (3 - 12)$5.25
Children (2 and under)Free
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
2320 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603