Tarantulas frighten many people. They can be very large and hairy. The tarantula’s appearance has even led to them being used in several horror movies. However, tarantulas are not always as fearsome as they appear. In fact, some people enjoy keeping tarantulas as pets.
Pet named Clara, this fine lady was a popular conversation topic at the Butterfly Lodge in Eastern Ecuador. Constructing her elegant silk funnel web at the entrance to the dinning room, this female tarantula spider usually moved extremely slowly and was protected by a coat of irritation causing hairs. Although most silk production utilized the cocoons of silk moths, man has experimented using spider silk in the past.