Indian Ornamental Tarantula

Large and colorful, the Indian ornamental tarantula lives in holes of tall trees where they make funnel webs. It is quite fast and aggressively pursues prey, catching insects as they fly by and paralyzing them with one of the most potent venoms of all tarantulas.

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater

With a legspan reaching 10 inches or more, the Brazilian salmon pink birdeater is one of the largest tarantulas. It boldly forages along the forest floor and is a speedy, voracious hunter. Like other tarantulas, it will defend itself by flicking tiny abdominal bristles called urticating hairs at an intruder, which cause itching and irritation.

Red-kneed Tarantula

Beauty, gentleness and slow reproduction may have gotten this spider into trouble. Countless wild animals have been harvested by the pet trade, with growing concern by conservationists. This species is now protected by a multinational treaty, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Florida Orb Web Spider

Up to three inches long, the female Florida orb web spider is five or six times larger than the male.  She traps flying insects in a large, sticky orb-web of silk spirals.  Wrapped in silk, captured prey may be stored for a future mealtime.

Brown Recluse Spider

This potentially dangerous spider is in fact quite shy (a real recluse) and normally bites humans only when accidentally trapped against the skin. It often bears a fiddle-like marking, but is best identified by its characteristic eye pattern (three paired lens). Unfortunately, many similar beneficial spiders are mistakenly killed.