They're big, they're hairy, but are they scary?

Tarantulas are the biggest spiders in the world.

They are also known as baboon spiders in Africa and hairy spiders in South America.

But don't be alarmed! Most tarantulas are busy minding their own business.

If you don't bother them, they won't bother you.

 

Ecosystem roles: Tarantulas feed on arthropods, which include insects, other spiders, scorpions and centipedes. Tarantulas especially like to eat insects, so tarantulas play an important role in controlling insect populations.