They're big, they're hairy, but are they scary? Not when you get to know them! Tarantulas are the biggest spiders in the world. They are also known as baboon spiders and hairy spiders. But don't worry! Most tarantulas are busy minding their own business. If you don't bother them, they won't bother you.
Tarantulas are nocturnal hunters. They prey on insects, other spiders, and small lizards, snakes, and frogs. Tarantulas catch their prey with a bite from their fangs. The fangs release venom that kills their victim. A chemical in the venom helps dissolve the victim's flesh. Tarantulas can also crush their prey using their powerful mouthparts.
Though people are often afraid of tarantula bites, most tarantulas have venom with potency comparable to that of a bee. And remember, a tarantula would rather hide from you than bite you. Come admire the tarantula species living in the Park’s Hidden Jungle!