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Desert tarantulas stay out of the hot sun. They hunt at night when the air is much cooler. Many tarantulas dig homes underground. Others live in rocky areas or under the bark or roots of trees.

Unlike other spiders, tarantulas do not use webs to catch prey. They go out to hunt. They walk slowly across the desert. The hairs on their bodies can sense prey’s movements. When tarantulas find prey, they move quickly to catch it.

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Making Connections


Tarantulas keep cool by resting in their burrows. What do you like to do when the weather is hot?


Have you read a book about another animal that has venom? How is that animal like a tarantula? How is it different?


Mother tarantulas make egg sacs to protect their eggs. How do other animals protect their babies?

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