Pink Toe Tarantula

Pink Toe Tarantula

Where in the world?

From Costa Rica to Brazil and the southern Caribbean.

 

Animal Facts:

Adult Pink Toe Tarantulas have a dark-colored body and pinkish feet, whereas juveniles have pinkish bodies and dark-colored feet.

Pink Toe Tarantulas reach an average of 6 inches in length.

They are arboreal, meaning they prefer higher branches rather than ground level.

A Pink Toe Tarantula flicks hairs at its enemies for defense by using a back leg to rub its abdomen and loosen the guard hairs which are itchy to sensitive areas of the predator’s skin.

 

Did you know?

Pink Toe Tarantulas are known to lure in their prey through the process of stationization, the act of remaining in a trance-like state until moment of attack.

 

Giant Vietnamese Centipede

Giant Vietnamese Centipede

Where in the world?

Throughout the word’s tropical and subtropical regions.

 

Animal Facts:

The Giant Vietnamese Centipede is a colorful centipede species ranging 7-8 inches long full grown. Like all centipedes, they have 1 pair of legs per body segment. Their body is a red or brown color with yellow or orange legs.

Contrary to what their name suggests, they are not found solely in Vietnam. They are found throughout the worlds’ tropical and subtropical regions, especially in Southeast Asia.

With such a wide geographic range, the Giant Vietnamese Centipede is known by many names including the Chinese Red Head, Giant Centipede, Jungle Centipede, Orange-legged Centipede, and Red-headed Centipede.

Giant Vietnamese Centipedes are active predator and will eat any prey it can overwhelm.

 

Did you know?

The Giant Vietnamese Centipede is one of only 3 species of centipedes in Hawaii.

 

Asian Forest Scorpion

Asian Forest Scorpion

Where in the world?

Tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia.

 

Animal Facts:

Asian Forest Scorpions live in the undergrowth of forests. They hide under rocks, logs or in other small spaces during the day, and come out to hunt at night.

Scorpions are most active on nights with little or no moon, as they are better hidden from predators. Though they can see in very low-light environments, they have blurry vision, so they use stiff hairs on their pincers, legs and tail to feel.

The venom of Asian Forest Scorpions is a neurotoxin, a paralyzing venom. It is considered weak to humans, but is very potent to their small invertebrate prey.

Did you know?

Scorpions are biofluorescent, meaning that incoming light of a specific color will make them glow a different color. Ultraviolet light makes scorpions fluoresce green or blue-green. Scientists haven’t been able to figure out why they glow.

 

Goliath Birdeater Tarantula

Goliath Birdeater Tarantula

Where in the world?

Upland rain forest regions of northern South America.

 

Animal Facts:

The Goliath Birdeater is the largest tarantula species in both mass and size. It can reach up to 11 inches in leg span and 5 inches in body length!

The Goliath Birdeater has 3 major forms of defense. One, they can rub their legs against their abdomens to flick hairs. Two, their venomous fangs produce a sting similar to that of a wasp sting. Three, they can make a hissing sound by rubbing their hairs together to scare off predators.

Despite its name, the Goliath Birdeater does not prey on birds. They instead eat a variety of insects, worms, amphibians, and occasionally small lizards or snakes.

Did you know?

Even with eight eyes, the Goliath Birdeater doesn’t see much. It uses the hairs on its legs and abdomen to sense vibration on the ground or in the air.

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