The spiders in the vivariums were used to conduct an experiment. The
students were asked to observe the behavior of the spiders in the vivariums
for a week.
Do spiders eat only insects?
We believe that spiders only eat insects.
The eating habits of the vivarium spiders were observed for a week on a
daily basis. The students paid attention to what the spiders would or
would not eat. The students charted their observations on a log. Some of
the things that were fed to the spiders are dead bugs, ants and crickets.
The spiders in our observation were:
We found out that spiders not only eat insects, they also eat other
animals. This includes other spiders, birds and mice.
- Black widows
- Crab spiders
- Banana spiders
- Garden spiders
- House spiders
What we observed disproves our hypothesis.
What We Learned About Spiders
- Spiders are arachnids.
- Their bodies are in two parts, the head and the abdomen.
- They do not have feelers.
- Most spiders have eight eyes, but some have six, four or two.
- Many spiders trap their food in webs.
- Not all spiders make webs.
- Some spiders dig homes under the ground.
- Some spiders have claws at the end of each leg.
- Spiders live in all sorts of environments. Some live under water.
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