It’s the spookiest time of the year, and the Butterfly Pavilion is celebrating by learning about one of nature’s most daunting creatures — the tarantula! But does this incredible arachnid deserve its fearsome reputation? Butterfly Pavilion will help us find out as we explore different tarantula species and their fascinating adaptations in this hair-raising class on Wednesday, October 27 at 4 p.m. We’ll even meet a live tarantula!
Fact Facts About Tarantulas
- Female tarantulas only mate once a year.
- Females can live up to 30 years, while males typically only live around 7 years.
- They also have four pairs of legs with seven segments each.
- There are some 900 species of tarantulas.
- Tarantulas range from the size of a fingernail to the size of a dinner plate.
- The Goliath bird-eating tarantula is the largest spider on Earth.
- Some people in South America roast tarantulas and eat them.
About Tarantula Encounter’s Instructor
Calais Thomas has been educating herself and others about animals for the past eight years. She has worked with animals ranging from elephants to snails and anything in between! At Butterfly Pavilion, her work in developing and leading programs onsite and virtually connects all ages to invertebrate animals. Event is in partnership with Varsity Tutors; register on their website.