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This report deals with testing the toxicity of certain chemicals on spiders and determining the toxicity by how it affects its ability to weave its web This report contains research on the four chemicals benzedrine chloral hydrate caffeine and alcohol as wellas the spiders and their webs Spiders are of course found in the class Arachnidia which also contain mites scorpions and other arthropods The order which spiders are classified under is called Araneae a word of Latin origin Most spiders are land dwelling but some can be aquatic Those that are aquatic spend most of their lives in or around water Spiders can live in a vast amount of different places around the world Jumping spiders have been collected on Mt Everest at a height of 22000 feet the highest elevation at which any animal has been collected Orkin Insect Zoo 1Adult species vary greatly in size which is a contributing factor in the prey they choose and also the way they catch this prey Spiders range from less than three hundredths of an inch to more than 10 inches All spiders are carnivorous in their eating habits insects being first on their menu Spiders usually catch live animals because the movement of the prey attracts its attention Some spiders have poor vision and rather depend on the movement of its web to locate an insect Orkin Insect Zoo 2 The prey is usually wrapped in silk before the spider injects the venom to kill it Yet the larger the spiders the larger its prey Some spiders have been known to kill vertebrate animals such as fishing spiders who thrive on small fish or bird spiders feeding on small birds from South America as well as a variety of lizards Some species have even been known to attack snakes When food is scarce mainly during winter months spiders have no trouble have no trouble with food most can go months without eating A spiders
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