Trapdoor Spider

Deanna
Grade 3W
January, 2000
























What has an underground tunnel?


Habitat

The Trapdoor spider can be found in Asia, Africa, California, Europe, Japan, North and South America. It lives in a burrow and its door is lined with silk. The spider spends most of its time underground.


Physical Description



The Trapdoor spider has a heavy body. It has two body parts and is 9 cm long and it is 2.5 mm wide. This spider is brown in color.

The Young


The spider can live 1-2 years. The females lays eggs. The females lay eggs in burrows. Babies hatch in their burrows. The spiderlings are born in the burrows.



Food

This spider eats daddy-long-legs, grasshoppers, ants, beetles, bees, ladybugs, lizards, snakes, birds, mice, fish and also they eat other spiders, too.


Enemies

The Trapdoor’s enemies are wasps, scorpions, people and other spiders.


Other Interesting Facts

There are 37,000 different species, but only a few are dangerous.