Spiders are animals that have 8 legs and use their fangs to inject venom into other animals and sometimes humans. But what do spiders eat? This post will answer that question, and also look at some interesting facts about spiders.
What do spiders eat?
Different species of spiders eat different things. Most species trap small insects and other spiders in their webs and eat them. A few large species of spiders prey on small birds and lizards. One species is vegetarian, feeding on acacia trees. Some baby spiders eat plant nectar. In captivity, spiders have been known to eat egg yoke, bananas, marmalade, milk and sausages.
Interesting Facts About Spiders
- There are over 40,000 different species of spiders!
- Most spiders live on their own. A few species of spiders build webs together and live in communities of up to 50,000 spiders.
- Most spiders only bite humans in self-defense. Brazilian Wandering Spiders, however, often attack humans. There were only 100 reported deaths from spiders bites in the 20th century (the 1900′s)
- In Cambodia, cooked tarantula spiders are a delicacy.
- Most species of spiders live for only 1-2 years, although some tarantulas have lived for up to 25 years in captivity.
- Most female spiders look after their young. They carry them around and feed them.