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Praying Mantis Attacks a Corn Snake!

Wow. I bet you never realized how big and strong some praying mantis’s can get.

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Goliath Tarantulas

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The Goliath Bird-eating spider is the largest spider in the world.  

 
The most dangerous thing about the goliath bird-eater is the ability to shoot its tiny, almost invisible hairs from its body which can be be very irritating to our skin. Those hairs can cause real problems if they get near you eyes or your mouth.
 
Unlike some other spiders, tarantulas don’t build webs, they just sneak up on their prey and pounce on their victim like a cat, and bite into them with venomous fangs.  However, the goliath bird-eating spider is pretty harmless to humans and only been known to bite when threatened.  The venom just causes swelling and minor pain like a wasp sting.
 
Besides eating birds, tarantulas also eat frogs,  small snakes, beetles, lizards and even bats. 

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Praying Mantis Facts

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The Praying Mantis was named for it’s front legs, that are bent and make the insect look like its praying.  
 
These insects have a long neck and are the only bug that can turn their heads without moving their body.
 
Females usually lay hundreds of eggs, at one time, in a small sack. The Praying Mantis uses its spiked front legs for grabbing it prey (usually moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects). 

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Dung Beetle Facts

Dung beetles have a really good sense of smell that allows them to zoom in on their favorite food (poop) and use special mouth parts to suck out the nutrients from the waste. Some types of dung bettles simply live in the dung, while others make perfectly round dung balls, which they roll with their hind legs, often over large distances, to a place where they can bury it.  Females plant a single egg in a dung ball where it matures from larva to fully formed beetle, feeding off the waste. Because they move so much waste underground, dung beetles are considered essential to controlling disease and pests among livestock.

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Ladybug Facts

 

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1. Not all Ladybugs are ladies, some are males.
 
2. Ladybugs are a type of beetle that hibernate in the cold winter.

3. There are over 5,000 different types of Ladybugs.

4. Ladybugs spots lighten as they get older. 

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