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Are Spiders considered insects? Take this simple
little quiz and discover some pretty neat stuff about
spiders and arachnids.

How much do you know your eight-legged spider friends?
Take this quiz and see:

1. Are Spiders insects?

A. Yes
B. No

2. How do spiders capture their prey?

A. In a web
B. Through Ambush
C. Actively Hunt their prey
D. All of the Above

3. What do spiders spin their silk from?

A. Their mouths
B. Their feet
C. Their abdomen
D. Their heads

4. How many types of spider silk are there?

A. Seven
B. Two
C. Five
D. One

5. Why doesn't spider silk stick to spiders?

A. They spit on it and it doesn't stick to them.
B. They move across it so quickly it doesn't stick to them.
C. They produce oil that coats them and that causes the
spider silk to not stick to them.
D. It does.

6. All spiders produce?

A. Silk
B. Venom
C. Webs
D. Screaming Women

7. Which is bigger, the Female or the Male Spider?

A. Female Spider
B. Male Spider

8. How do spiders primarily sense their environment?

A. Through their multiple eyes
B. Through their hair that covers their body
C. Through their sense of taste
D. Through their hearing

9. Are Daddy-Long-Legs Spiders the deadliest spiders of all,
but they just can't bite humans?

A. No
B. Yes

10. How often do spiders replace their webs?

A. Never
B. Every Week
C. Two Times a Year
D. Every Day

1. Answer: B. No - They are not insects. They belong to the
Arachnid family and actually have very different
characteristics than do the animals which people typically
refer to as a bug.

2. Answer: D. All of the above - spiders use various methods
to capture their prey: Some spiders spin webs, while the
ground dwelling spiders actually hunt or ambush their prey.
Some spiders can jump up to one yard and pounce on their
prey, injecting their venom and then eating or dragging it
back to their den for later.

3. Answer: C. Their abdomen - Specifically they spin silk
from spinnerets located on the back end of their abdomen.

4. Answer: A. Seven - There has been documented seven types
of spider silk that a spider can spin: give for spinning
webs, one for wrapping their prey and one for wrapping their

5. Answer: C. Spiders produce oil that coats them and that
causes the spider silk to not stick to them. Spiders excrete
special oil that prevents the webbing from sticking to them
and allows the spiders to cling to the web without it
actually sticking to them.

6. Answer: B. Venom - Not all spiders produce spider silk or
spin that silk into webs. But all spiders share the
characteristic of having venom that they use to protect them
or immobilize their prey. There are only two spiders known
to have venom that can be fatal to humans: the Black Widow
Spider and the Brown Recluse Spider. But in the United
States there hasn't been a documented fatality due to a
spider bite in fifty years.

7. Answer: A. Female Spider - The female spider is bigger
than the male spider. It is suspected that this is the case
because of the need for the female to survive long enough to
produce more spiders, and to protect itself from the males.
But, in some spider species, the females may eat the males
after mating.

8. Answer: B. Through their hair that covers their body -
Spiders are very sensitive to vibration and their sense of
touch is well developed too. They also use their eyes,
although the web spinning spiders are usually too
nearsighted for it to be any good, while the hunting spiders
are said to have much keener eye sight.

9. Answer: A. No - In fact what most people refer to as a
Daddy-Long-Leg spider isn't a spider at all, and has no
venom. While there is a true spider also called the Daddy-
Long-Leg spider, and it is just a typical spider and can
most certainly bite if provoked, they just can't get through
a human's skin layers for the venom to be effective. Mostly
they will run away as quickly as possible.

10. Answer: D. Every day - Spiders will replace their webs
every day in order to keep the web clean and replace it when
it gets torn. How do they dispose of the old one? Well they
eat it. How's that for recycling?

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