True Facts: Tarantulas

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Special Thanks to: 
Dr Kate Archibald, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Dr Michael Bogan, College of Arizona
Dr Paula Cushing, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Dr Anne Danielson-Francois, College of Michigan
Dr Jason Dunlop, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Dr Sebastian Echeverri, co-host @BBCEarth Podcast
Dr Rainer Foelix, Neue Kantonsschule Aarau
Dr Saoirse Foley, Carnegie Mellon University
Dallas Haselhuhn, Eastern Michigan University
Dr Fernando Pérez-Miles, Universidad de la República de Uruguay
Dr Bastian Rast, Neue Kantonsschule Aarau
Dr Milan Řezáč, Department of Entomology, Crop Research Institute
Dr Cara Shillington, Eastern Michigan University

Citations (titles skipped over in favor of links to accomodate YT description length regulations):

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Foelix, Rainer & Rast, Bastian & Peattie, Anne. (2012). The Journal of empirical biology. 215. 1084-9. 10.1242/jeb.066811.

Foelix, Rainer & Rast, Bastian & Erb, Bruno. (2009). Journal of Arachnology – J ARACHNOL. 37. 292-298. 10.1636/sh08-106.1. 

Rainer Foelix, Bruno Erb, Bastian Rast, Arthropod Structure & Development, Volume 42, Issue 3, 2013, Pages 209-217, ISSN 1467-8039,
Hajer, J., & Řeháková, D. (2019). Biological Communications, 64(3), 169–182.

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Fernando Pérez-Miles, David Ortíz-Villatoro; J Exp Biol 15 May 2012; 215 (10): 1749–1752. doi:

Fernando Pérez-Miles, Carlos Perafán, Laura Santamaría; Biol Open 15 December 2015; 4 (12): 1643–1648. doi:

Huckstorf, Katarina & Kosok, Gregor & Seyfarth, Ernst-August & Wirkner, Christian. (2013). Zoologischer Anzeiger – A Journal of Comparative Zoology. 252. 76–87. 10.1016/j.jcz.2012.03.004.

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  2. This has got to be one of the worst systems for reproduction ever evolved….

  3. i don’t think it’s mating.
    it looks like rape, because the act of sex is so hostile.

  4. this was incredibly, incredibly interesting.

  5. Me : Why do I hear Sound if the Game’s Frozen

    My PC : I AM THE TNT

  6. Blasted “Science-Hippies” just can’t let things slide these day, they need a definitive reason for leaving a trail of silk.

  7. I feel so bad for the male tarantula, which I thought I’d never say because I hate spiders. That’s a lot of work just to get sperm on its hands, just to get paralyzed and eaten alive.

  8. Til entomologists had a fight over whether or not tarantulas shoot silk out of their toes.

  9. Tarantulas: when ‘going out for a dinner date’ means you did a really, really BAD job of satisfying her.

  10. Pranksters back in the day used itching powder made from tarantula hair.

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