• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Family: Theraphosidae
  • Genus: Grammostola
  • Species: Grammostola rosea
  • When threatened a tarantula will flick hairs off its abdomen at the predator causing the predator to have an itchy feeling.
  • Forms food balls with leftovers that they cannot eat.
  • They get their name from a dance called the “Tarantella”; this dance was preformed after a person was bitten in hopes that it would sweat the venom out.
  • A tarantula bite is only about as bad as a bee sting. Unless a person is allergic to the venom, very little harm is caused. There are no recorded fatalities due to a tarantula bite.