Directions: Spiders may be a little scary — but they are also amazing creatures that play an important role in the cycle of life on earth. Learn more about them with the interactive hunt, below. Write your answers on a separate sheet of paper, or on the reproducible provided by your teacher.

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Name: _______________________________________

1. Although they creep and crawl, spiders aren’t insects. Spiders are actually a type of animal called arachnid. Insects have six legs. How many legs do spiders have? _________________________

Find the answer at: www.explorit.org/science/spider.html


 2. Spiders are fierce predators. They have two piercing _________________ that they use to inject their prey with a poison called venom. Then they crush their prey and drink its juices.

Find the answer at: www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/Spiders/InfoNed/body.html


 3. Spiders have been around since before dinosaurs! They live on every continent except ___________________. In fact, scientists have documented 36,000 different species of spiders.

Find the answer at: http://sciencebulletins.amnh.org/biobulletin/biobulletin/story993.html


 4. The smallest spider in the world is only as big as the head of a pin! What is it called? ____________________________

Find the answer at: www.amonline.net.au/spiders/diversity/what/midgets.htm



 5. The largest spider in the world is a type of _______________ called the Goliath Birdeater. It lives in South America. Despite its name, this spider doesn’t eat birds, but feasts on crickets, mealworms, lizards, and even mice!

Find the answer at: www.wcsscience.com/biggest/spider.html


 6. A spider’s body is filled with blood. This blood helps keep its legs stiff so the spider can walk. What color is it? ______________________

Find the answer at: www2.lhric.org/pocantico/spiders/spiders2.htm


 7. Underneath spiders’ abdomens are _________________, special glands where they produce the silk to use for their webs and to catch insects.

Find the answer at: www.mcwdn.org/Animals/Spiders.html


 8. Some spiders use their silk to travel through the air on one long silk string. This process is called ballooning. Another kind of spider can walk on water! It is called the _______________________________.

Find the answer at: http://whyfiles.org/shorties/015walk_on_water/index.html


 9. Although many people are afraid of spiders, there are only two kinds of American spiders considered dangerous to humans. Both rarely attack humans and prefer to live in dark, dry places. Name these spiders. _____________________________________________________________________

Find the answer at: www.usinspect.com/CommonPests/PestsSpiders.asp


 BONUS:Spiders benefit humans in a lot of ways, including greatly reducing the population of disease-carrying insects that can harm us. Name two other ways spiders are beneficial. __________________________________________________________

Find the answer at: www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/biota/arthropods/Arachnids/spidersilk.htm




One Response to “Spiders”

  1. That’s a big spiter

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