Airing On Saturday
November 18th 2017
8:00 pm eastern, 7:00 pm central and 5:00 pm pacific
On Natures Talk Shows Monsters of Natures our hosts will be discussing the amazinf Tarantulas and some of their close relatives.Why are these spiders so hairy and how did they become so big? Tarantulas (Theraphosa apophysis) are the largest known arachnids. On average, they measure 7 to 10 cm in length. However, they are capable of exceeding 30 cm. Tarantulas occur in a variety of colors, sizes and habitats. Many are black or brown in color and have hairy bodies. Tarantula species are distinguishable from other spiders by the dense body hair. Several species also bear distinct stripes along their legs. The perceived size of specimens is oftentimes exaggerated, due to the tarantula’s abundant hair. This hair, which covers the entire body of the tarantula, serves as a defense mechanism against predators. Although frightening in appearance, tarantulas are only aggressive when provoked.
Join our hosts for another fun discussion and many peoples worst nightmare!