May 17

Tricky Trapdoor Spiders

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She’s a mother!

I am going to tell you about the California Trapdoor Spider at Rose Canyon. They are amazing creatures that are actually different than a normal spider. They don’t build a web the actually live under ground! If you would like to learn more keep reading.

What does a Trapdoor Spider look like? A Trapdoor Spider looks like a tarantula but smaller and less hairy. It is brown and it has thick short legs. It is about the size of a 9 year’s old hand. This TrapDoor Spider has big jaws that are good for hunting insects.

 Where does a Trapdoor Spider live? Instead of a web a Trapdoor Spider lives in a burrow built in a hill made out of cool moist soil. It makes a door for of spider silk. When a Trapdoor builds its burrow it makes tunnels, 1 to go to the other two tunnels, 2 to get to the place where the eggs are laid and, 3 the place where they sleep.

What do they eat? A Trapdoor Spider eats insects like grasshoppers, bees, ants,  flies, moths, butterflies, and other small spiders. Do you wonder how they hunt? Because I can tell you. First the Trapdoor Spider will wait by the door, then when he hears an insect crawling by he will jump out and kill it with its venom.

 Well now you know all things about the California TrapDoor Spider, what it eats, how it eats, where it lives and what it looks like!

 Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Stavros Markopoulos via Compfight Canyon