They’re all around us, and yet most of us know little about these interesting animals. They range in size from tarantulas, which can grow a foot long, to arachnids, which can be as small as the head of a pin.
Some spiders can live up to 20 years.
Their silk is five times stronger than steel, and it has been speculated that a spider web with strands the thickness of a pencil could stop a 747 in flight. If you spot one of these eight-legged wonders in your house or garden, please leave it in peace – the spider will soon retreat back into a safe hiding spot.
If you must evict one, do so humanely by placing a glass over the spider and sliding a piece of stiff paper underneath (taking care not to pinch the spider’s delicate legs).
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta)
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