| I'd like to know if tarantulas eat smaller spiders.|
|Question Date: 2017-06-06|
There are over 900 species of tarantula, ranging
in size from 1-inch to a foot long! The exact diet
changes depending on the particular tarantula, but
in general they consume all sorts of large
arthropods (insects): grasshoppers, centipedes,
and, to answer your question, other smaller
spiders. The largest tarantulas even ambush
and eat vertebrates like lizards and mice.
Other varieties of spider are a large part of
tarantulas’ diet. Tarantulas typically lie in wait
for other spiders to come by, and then ambush them
using their powerful chelicerae, or the
pincers by their mouth.
Thanks again for the great question,
Tarantulas can eat smaller spiders. Prey can
include: lizards, snakes, bats, toads, frogs,
rats, mice, cicadas, crickets, grasshoppers, sow
bugs, caterpillars, beetles, meal worms,
cockroaches, and other types of spiders. Generally
the size of prey is not larger than the
tarantula's abdomen. Wild tarantulas will eat
whatever passes their burrow or nest. However,
pet tarantulas are typically not fed other
spiders, or any other wild organisms, due to the
risk of parasites diseases, and pesticides.
Yes! Tarantulas eat smaller spiders. Also
insects and small vertebrates, according to the
info I have.
They can, but tarantulas also eat bigger
things like mice and whatnot. There are South
American rainforest tarantulas that occasionally
Tarantulas are very adept hunters that have
evolved to eat a wide variety of prey.
Tarantulas are carnivores, so they exclusively eat
animals but their diet may surprise you. As you
guessed, tarantulas often smaller spiders, but
they also eat insects like crickets, grasshoppers,
caterpillars and beetles. But tarantulas do not
exclusively eat animals that are smaller than they
are. Some of their larger prey include lizards,
snakes, bats, toads, frogs, and even some rodents.
Aren’t they amazing hunters? Thanks for the
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