Most Popular Issues
Most Commented Issues
Random Facts - You are never more than 10 feet away from one.
0 Comments »
To ensure that you continue to receive these e-mails, please add
to your e-mail address book.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
They may be creepy, they may be crawly, and in a very few instances they may even be deadly, but spiders are a widely diverse and fascinating species which is which is absolutely essential to a healthy ecosystem.
There are approximately 38,000 known species of spiders. Scientists believe there are probably as many more to be discovered.
Spiders are found on every continent except Antarctica.
An estimated 1 million spiders live in one acre of land. The number might be closer to 3 million in the tropics. It is estimated that a human is never more than 10 feet away from a spider--ever.
Email the Editor
Today's Random Fact:
Spiders are vital to a healthy ecosystem. They eat harmful insects, pollinate plants, and recycle dead animal and plants back into the earth. They are also a valuable food source for many small mammals, birds, and fish.
The silk in a spider's web is five times stronger than a strand of steel that is the same thickness. A web made strands of spider silk as thick as pencil could stop a Boeing 747 jumbo jet in flight. Scientists still cannot replicate the strength and elasticity of a spider's silk.
The world's biggest spider is the goliath spider (Theraphosa blondi). It can grow up to 11 inches wide, and its fangs are up to one inch long. It hunts frogs, lizards, mice, and even small snakes and young birds.
The world's smallest spider is the Patu marplesi. It is so small that 10 of them could fit on the end of a pencil.
Login to Add Comment
There are currently no comments, be the first to Add one below!
Copywrite © 2017 Penn LLC