Spiders are members of the animal kingdom.
Spiders (order Araneae) are animals belonging to the phylum Arthropoda, together with crustaceans, insects, millipedes, centipedes and other animals with distinctly segmented bodies (but not worms). Spiders share the class Arachnida with mites, ticks, scorpions, harvestmen (“daddy longlegs”) and other animals with eight legs. It is important to also know what spiders are not. Spiders are not insects or “bugs”, even though they are distantly related, and often grouped as “bugs” in conversation.
- All spiders have 8 legs.
- Worldwide, there are over 45,000 known species.
- There are no spiders in Antarctica.
- Spiders have fangs that can inject venom.
- Spiders are feared by many, but only a select few are known to have venom that is potentially dangerous to humans.
- Spiders do not have antennae, insects do.
- All spiders are predators, except for a single known species Bagheera kiplingi, which is herbivorous.
General Spider Questions
- What is a spider?
- How do I identify a spider?
- What is the world’s largest spider?
- How many eyes do spiders have?
- How long do spiders live?
- How are spiders helpful to people and the planet?
- What kind of animals eat spiders?
- How do spiders produce silk?
- Why do spiders spin webs?
- How do spiders create webs?
- How long does it take a spider to build a web?
- How strong is a spider web?
- Why is spider silk sticky?
- What else do spiders use silk for?
- What is the most venomous spider in the world?
- How do I treat a spider bite?
- What do spider bites look like?