True Facts: Tarantulas

Published 2022-11-19
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Special Thanks to: 
Dr Kate Archibald, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Dr Michael Bogan, University of Arizona
Dr Paula Cushing, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Dr Anne Danielson-Francois, University of Michigan
Dr Jason Dunlop, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Dr Sebastian Echeverri, co-host @BBCEarth Podcast
Dr Rainer Foelix, Neue Kantonsschule Aarau
Dr Saoirse Foley, Carnegie Mellon University
Dallas Haselhuhn, Eastern Michigan University
Dr Fernando Pérez-Miles, Universidad de la República de Uruguay
Dr Bastian Rast, Neue Kantonsschule Aarau
Dr Milan Řezáč, Department of Entomology, Crop Research Institute
Dr Cara Shillington, Eastern Michigan University


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All Comments (21)
  • zefrank1
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  • “Science is sort of a long, passive-aggressive argument about everything” is now my new favorite definition of science.
  • Eleda Towle
    I'm such an arachnophobe that I was once "trapped" in the bathroom for almost an hour until my husband came home to remove the spider that was perched on the door frame. And yet, Ze posts a spider video and I watch it, even while eating supper. Only ZeFrank could do that. Thrilled you've got sponsorship for your videos now!
  • K Dash
    I had a Chilean Tarantula for 17 years. She was one of the kindest and easiest pets to ever take care of, even easier than owning a plant. RIP Rosy, may you eat your fill of crickets and worms in your heavenly hole.
  • I have arachnophobia. Five years ago, after I learned what manifested my fear of spiders, I felt that by 'flooding' my senses with images of spiders would help me tolerate and not freak out when I see these eight legged freaks, especially tarantulas. It took me a few days to work up the courage to view this video and honestly I found it comically informative entertainment. Not once did I creep out or flinched, but laughed. Thank you, Zefrank ❤🕷😊
  • JRKC
    Why couldn’t I have learned biology from someone like this? I died “and Juliet is potentially a pissed off cannibal” 😂😂😂
  • Phil Zan
    11:00 the evolutionary arms race between tarantulas and wasps is one of the most amazing natural phenomenon. Wasps and spiders of any species including ants will actually avoid each other because of it. Truly remarkable.
  • I had a tarantula throw it’s hairs into my eyeball once, during a holiday weekend. Worst 3 days of my life. I started panicking about what to do but all I found was a news article and a medical journal entry 🫠

    The entire ophthalmologist office would not shut up about my case, a lot of them had no idea that could even happen to you. I ended up having 7 hairs removed from my eyeball itself and 8 from the surrounding area.

    Upsides? I’m no longer scared of getting lasik, and I ended up being a students thesis and teaching moment about why you never look inside a box with an angry tarantula in it. Ever.
  • John Mcdonnell
    As a tarantula breeder and keeper, I love videos like this that explain the various unknowns about Ts. Another interesting one is that with all those eyes, tarantulas are basically blind, only seeing shadows, so a main reason for their web laying AND their hairs is to feel vibrations from predators and prey alike. Also, they HATE bright light, so people who have tarantulas should not use a flashlight when keeping and feeding them. It’s best to use a red light, as it’s invisible to them.
  • Coleson Taylor
    You know what? The tarantula hawk segment was actually quite cathartic to me. It's nice to know that no matter how terrifying and creepy something is, there's always something else that is more terrifying and creepy.

    And it's nice to see someone else suffering because of cazadores. THAT'S HOW IT FEELS, BUDDY.
  • GreenSun
    That tiny frog shown at the end lives in a interesting symbiotic relationship with tarantulas. The frog keep the burrow free from ants and parasites, and the tarantula provides shelter and protection for the little frog, so it's a win/ win situaton for both animals!
  • As a fellow tarantula keeper I have to say that this was highly entertaining and you nailed it down path really well.
  • Ross Belbus
    "when you're both the demon AND the possessed" is my new favorite
  • Remember when Zefrank was gone for a few years without any word?
    I'm so happy he came back, love these videos to death.
  • Duong nhan
    Can we just talk about how much effort is out into these vids it must take a long time to make them this good! Keep it up!
  • Thank you for educating everyone about these wonderful animals! So many people want to just kill every spider but I like to think of them as being a small version of community (sometimes called feral) cats where some of them are very friendly and some are not but all will get rid of pests and have no interest in harming you. I was terrified of spiders as a child and learned everything I could about them until I wasn't scare and now I love them. I especially enjoy the Pink-Toed Tarantula cause it looks like they got their nails did or are wearing little ballet slippers. So cute!
    As a person who's been in the tarantula hobby for years... I thank you for this gem.
  • jhelp_the_fig
    I have horrific arachnophobia, but honestly props to people who love spiders and all kinds of arachnids. I could never, but I’m happy that my paralyzing fear is someone else’s die-hard passion in life :)
  • Cody Animation
    “Sort of like an upside-down version of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, except they both have bongos and Juliet is potentially a pissed off cannibal” is the best analogy for tarantula courtship I’ve ever heard.
  • Monkelyn
    As someone who is terrified of spiders, I love this. Spiders are frightening yet so fascinating to me