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Old Mar 26, 2005, 7:01 PM   #1
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Meet Penelope......My furry little friend. She's a Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula. I've had her for about 4 years now. The Females can live as long as 30 years. She's about 5 3/4 inches across. When I first got hershe liked to walk all over the apartment exploring, but now she just chillz in her aquarium and eats crickets. If you're wondering how I know she's a girl.......Males have small hooks on their pedipalps(the little front "arms" they use when eating) used to hold the female while mating. Males are usually smaller and only live a little over a year. Tarantulas are also very delicate. If you you drop one from even a couple of feet off the ground it can kill it.




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Old Mar 26, 2005, 7:06 PM   #2
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Old Mar 26, 2005, 7:07 PM   #3
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Interesting, she seems to have very small eyes. I can hardly recognize them. The spiders I know have much bigger eyes in relation to the body size.
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Old Mar 26, 2005, 9:46 PM   #5
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Jumping Spiders have much larger eyes than most spiders. Theyhave the best vision of any family of spiders......about 8 inches thats still not much. Jumping spiders are also the most evolved spiders. They will actually use different methods to hunt prey. If one method doesn't work they try another. Most spiders use sensors in their feet to feel their surroundings and catch prey by vibration. They use their eyes mostlyto sense Light and dark.

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Old Mar 27, 2005, 5:07 AM   #6
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Thanks Spencer, I didn't know that.
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