What do you know about… spiders?

What do you know about… spiders?

Our creepy crawly friends

Our creepy crawly friends hide out in our baths and make webs in our rooms, but what do you really know about them? Here are eight scary spider facts:

  • They are not insects

Insects only have six legs and spiders have eight. Spiders normally have eight eyes too!

  • All spiders have fangs

But don't worry, most of them aren't dangerous to humans. These fangs can fold back when the spider doesn't need them, kind of like a cat's claws.

  • Most spiders don't have teeth, so they can't chew their food

So they use venom to turn their food into liquid and then they suck it up, yuck!

  • The black widow spider is one of the most poisonous spiders

But only the females! They eat male spiders and are the strongest spider. Pretty scary!


  • Not all spiders make webs

The trapdoor spider digs a tunnel into the ground. It lies in wait for its prey and drags it underground.

  • Tarantulas can grow as big as a dinner plate

This species is the common British spider's bigger, uglier brother. You won't find them hanging out at the bottom of your garden. They normally live in South America or Australia.


  • Tarantulas shed their furry skins when they grow

This leaves behind what looks like another tarantula, gross!

  • Frog-eating spiders

The Goliath bird-eating spider will eat frogs, lizards and yes, you've guessed it, even birds!