Spiders are members of the animal kingdom. They also belong to the phylum Arthropoda, together with crustaceans, insects, millipedes, centipedes, and other animals with distinctly segmented bodies (but not worms). Spiders share the class Arachnida with mites, ticks, scorpions, harvestmen (“daddy longlegs”), and other animals with eight legs. It is important to also know what spiders are not. They are not insects or “bugs,” even though they are distantly related.
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General Spider Questions
- What is a spider?
- How do I identify a spider?
- What is the world's largest spider?
- How many eyes do spiders have?
- How long do spiders live?
- How are spiders helpful to people and the planet?
- What kind of animals eat spiders?
- How do spiders produce silk?
- Why do spiders spin webs?
- How do spiders create webs?
- How long does it take a spider to build a web?
- How strong is a spider web?
- Why is spider silk sticky?
- What else do spiders use silk for?
- What is the most venomous spider in the world?
- How do I treat a spider bite?
- What do spider bites look like?