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January 19, 2016

View live tarantulas at the Academy of Natural Sciences

The largest of all tarantulas will be on display

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Tarantula Outhouse Exhibit Services/Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

A Mexican red knee tarantula.

The newest hands-on exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will feature nearly 20 species of tarantulas. Among the species on display are the Goliath bird-eating tarantula (the largest of all tarantulas) and the rare green bottle blue tarantula. Starting on Saturday, Jan. 30 the museum will present the spiders and a schedule of interactive activities for all ages.

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Goliath bird-eating tarantula is the largest spider in world.

During the tarantula exhibit, attendees will learn why certain species prefer the rainforest or the desert, how spiders play an important role in medicine and which species are the quickest to ambush their prey. 

There will also be a scavenger hunt, a “Tarantulas of the World” interactive map, live feedings and a chance to view spider fangs under a microscope.

Guests can also step into an air current that simulates the sensitivities of a hairy tarantula or play in a human-sized bug collecting jar. 

The most exciting part of the exhibit, however, is that every Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 a.m. a tarantula will be taken out of its enclosure so that a tarantula keeper can talk about the spider's features and answer questions.

The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Prepare for your visit with little-known tarantula facts or read up on what tarantula tastes like.


Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close

Saturday, Jan. 30 to Monday, May 30
$3-$5 per person
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
(215) 299-1000

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