How do tarantulas defend themselves?

Though tarantulas look scary, they are not very brave. When a tarantula is scared, it will run and hide. If it cannot find a place to hide, it will stand on its hind legs to appear bigger. Tarantulas pound the ground with their front legs as a warning, and also throw urticating hairs (sharp leg hair) at thir enemy. If this fails, a tarantula will attack the enemy by biting it with its sharp fangs.


Can tarantulas see?

Tarantulas are nocturnal creatures, so they hunt for prey at night. They are nearly blind, and depend mostly on sense of touch to navigate their surroundings. If you happen to see a tarantula walking around during the day, it is usually a male looking for a mate. To find a female, the male taps the ground with his legs and waits for a response.

In this photo, the female is on the left, and the male on the right.

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