Tarantulas like their sunny homelands dark side up
Tarantulas also are called baboon spiders because of body coloration and size in Africa, bird-eating for food sources in South America, and whistling spiders through courtship sounds in Australia. They belong to the Arachnida invertebrate order -- whose name originates in the Greek ἀράχνη (arákhnē, “spider”) -- of mites, scorpions, spiders, and ticks. They claim about 1,000 of the world's 35,000+ known spider species and about 30 of the 3,500+ in the United States of America. They do not live natively in Planet Earth's coldest and driest regions or in Europe. Collectors, locals, researchers, tourists, traders, and visitors encounter tarantulas in such habitats as:
• lower elevations;
• temperate deserts and woodlands;
• tropical forests and savannas; and
• warmer climates.