The Scientific Classification of Tarantulas is as follows:
There are 13 subfamilies of tarantula
There are 113 genera of tarantula
There are 897 species of tarantula
Tarantulas are found in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Southern
Asia. In Africa, tarantulas are described as Baboon Spiders.
A tarantula’s habitat ranges
from tropical rainforests to the desert. Some species live in silk lined burrow in the ground
while others make aerial silk nests in trees.
There are nearly 900 species of Tarantulas
Tarantulas are categorized into New World and Old
- New World tarantulas are found in North and South America
(Western hemisphere) and have urticating hairs.
- Old World
tarantulas are found in the Eastern hemisphere. Old World
Tarantulas do not have urticating hairs but usually compensate
for this with an aggressive demeanour.
Tarantulas vary is size with body lengths between 2.5cm and 10cm (1-4in) and leg spans of
between 8 and 30cm (3-12in).
All tarantulas are venomous. Only a few species are considered harmful to humans.
The bite of a tarantula however can be VERY painful – so don’t get bitten.
Many species of tarantula have been
bred in captivity and are available in the pet trade around the world. Some countries do not
allow importation of exotic tarantulas as well as not allowing the trade of their indigenous
tarantulas – it is your responsibility to know the law in your country.