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crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside

Lion Learners Chilean Rose Tarantula SpiderPolly

This hairy but not-so-scary girl is Polly, one of our pretty Chilean rose tarantulas. Tarantulas are invertebrates; this means that they don’t have bones in their bodies. But unlike a slug or an earth worm our tarantulas aren’t soft and squishy. They have a hard outer shell known as an exoskeleton. This keeps them well protected as well as more water tight. All arthropods (creepy crawlies like insects, millipedes and crabs) have exoskeletons to help support their complex body structures.

 

Tarantula exoskeletons are very thin and delicate when compared to those our insects, so we incourage people to handle our lovely spiders with respect and care.

 

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