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Heteroscodra

The Heteroscodra genus is a part of the tarantula family, indigenous to the Central and Western parts of Africa. According to the May 2016 records this genus comprises two species.

Heteroscodra Spider

Spiders Belonging To This Genus

Physical Description & Identification

Adults

Size:  The females are 14cm (5.5 inches) long, while the males have a length of approximately 4.5 cm (12 inches).

Scientific Classification

Color: They have a brown, black, and gray body.

Other Characteristic Features: Most of them have thick rear legs.

Eggs

A single sac comprises of about 150 eggs.

Spiderlings

They spend the first half of their lives in their burrows, after which they depart to live on their own.

The Web

Since they are a part of the tarantula family, they do not make webs to catch their prey but do spin silk.

Are the Species of the Heteroscodra Genus Venomous and Do They Bite

Like most of the Old World Tarantulas, the species of the Heteroscodra genus are known to be poisonous, inflicting a painful bite when provoked.

Quick Facts

Lifespan Males: 4 years
Females: 14 years
Distribution West and Central parts of Africa
Habitat Trees since they are arboreal
Predators Bats, lizards, and birds
Diet Small insects

Did You Know

  • Heteroscodra maculata is the popular one among the two species.

Image Credits: arachnoiden.com

The Heteroscodra genus is a part of the tarantula family, indigenous to the Central and Western parts of Africa. According to the May 2016 records this genus comprises two species.

Heteroscodra Spider

Spiders Belonging To This Genus

Physical Description & Identification

Adults

Size:  The females are 14cm (5.5 inches) long, while the males have a length of approximately 4.5 cm (12 inches).

Color: They have a brown, black, and gray body.

Other Characteristic Features: Most of them have thick rear legs.

Eggs

A single sac comprises of about 150 eggs.

Spiderlings

They spend the first half of their lives in their burrows, after which they depart to live on their own.

The Web

Since they are a part of the tarantula family, they do not make webs to catch their prey but do spin silk.

Are the Species of the Heteroscodra Genus Venomous and Do They Bite

Like most of the Old World Tarantulas, the species of the Heteroscodra genus are known to be poisonous, inflicting a painful bite when provoked.

Quick Facts

Lifespan Males: 4 years
Females: 14 years
Distribution West and Central parts of Africa
Habitat Trees since they are arboreal
Predators Bats, lizards, and birds
Diet Small insects

Did You Know

  • Heteroscodra maculata is the popular one among the two species.

Image Credits: arachnoiden.com

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