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Tarantula

Tarantula

Tarantulas comprise a group of large and often hairy spiders belonging to the family Theraphosidae. There are currently about 1000 species that have been identified. The term tarantula is usually used to describe members of the family Theraphosidae, although many other members of the same infraorder (Mygalomorphae) are commonly referred to as "tarantulas" or "false tarantulas". Some of the more common species have become popular in the exotic pet trade. New World species kept as pets have urticating hairs that can cause irritation to the skin and, in extreme cases, cause damage to eyes. ... more on Wikipedia

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