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|Name: Black Widow Spider|
|Scientific name: Latrodectus mactans|
|Range: Throughout The United States and Southern Canada.|
|Habitat: The wild- under rocks and logs, and in other natural areas.|
|Status: Not threatened|
|Diet in the wild: small insects|
|Diet in the zoo: bugs crickets|
|Location in the zoo: James R. Record quarium (Insect City)|
|Physical description: Shiny black body with a red hourglass pattern on the ventral surface of its opisthosoma (rear section of the body).|
Most black widow spiders are medium sized. Their bodies are about
half an inch long with a shiny, black, global abdomen. You can identify
them because they are marked with a bright red, yellow, or white spot.
|Special anatomical, physiological or behavioral adaptations:
Both species of black widows spin irregular webs of very tough silk.
All black widows locate their webs in protected areas, usually on or near
the ground, in dark corners, but its rare that you will see them in human
dwellings. The female Black widow spiders are nocturnal in habit and very
timid when approached by humans. The males, which are a bit smaller than
the females, often wonder around in search of females during the brief
mating season. The female black widow is the only one who would bite humans,
and only when disturbed. The spiders venom affects the nervous system
|Comments about the Black Widow spider of the Fort Worth Zoo.
The Black Widow spider is a very unique animal. I believe that the Fort
Worth Zoo should give it more room to move around, besides that the spider
looked in perfect conditions.
When I first visited the Fort Worth Zoo I instantly fell in love with the Black Widow and since then I have always wanted to know more about this spider. The Black Widow is a very unique animal. The spider is very appealing to the eye because of the beautiful bright red spot on the abdomen which is the trade-mark of a Black Widow.
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