Do Tarantulas Have Teeth: Questions and Answers about Poisonous Creatures

Do Tarantulas Have Teeth: Questions and Answers about Poisonous Creatures

Melvin Berger, Gilda Berger

Language: English

Pages: 48

ISBN: 0439148774

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From simple questions like "Can doctors treat snakebites?" to more complex ones like "How does a scorpion sting?," this book delivers the answers kids want.

Whether they've been stung by a bee or seen deadly animals at the zoo or on television, kids are fascinated by and afraid of poisonous creatures. This book explains everything about these animals, from how they produce their venom to how they've been used by humans to win wars and kill prisoners. Trivia-hungry readers will be amazed to learn that the king cobra can grow to a length of 18 feet and that some ants can use their poison to put out small fires.

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nonpoisonous snake? Most times you can’t. The rattlesnake, for example, looks much like the nonpoisonous water snake. The poisonous copperhead and the nonpoisonous corn snake are also look-alikes. All have triangular heads, narrow necks, stout bodies, and short tails. Yet not all poisonous snakes have these features. Nor do harmless snakes always resemble their poisonous cousins. So—it’s best to avoid all snakes. Never try to catch or kill a snake. Never pick up a snake, dead or alive. And if you

same time, it covers the animal’s body with saliva. Chemicals in the saliva start to digest the flesh. Finally, the scorpion sucks up the mushy body. A large animal or person that comes too close will alarm the scorpion and become a target for its poison. Scorpion stings hurt but do not usually kill humans. Only one kind of scorpion is very dangerous. It lives in Brazil and kills more than 100 people a year. Why do cowboys sometimes sleep with their boots on? Because they’re afraid of scorpions.

people, you’ve already met some poisonous creatures. Perhaps you’ve been stung by a honeybee, or touched by a jellyfish. Surely you’ve seen pictures of tarantulas and rattlesnakes. Now you can read and find out more about these amazing animals. The animals in this book all make poison in their bodies. The poison, called venom, is a chemical made by a living creature to kill or harm other living beings. Animals use venom for defense or to paralyze or kill prey. After they use up the venom, they

make more. Oddly enough, the animals are not hurt by their own poison. Animals deliver the venom in various ways. Some bite and inject the poison with sharp fangs. Some inject the venom with stingers on their tails. Others have venom on their skin or hair. No doubt you’d rather read about poisonous creatures than meet them. So turn the page and learn some very incredible facts about these fascinating animals. 3 ANIMALS THAT BITE Do tarantulas have teeth? Yes. But they’re not like your teeth.

Tarantulas have two very sharp teeth, called fangs, for catching and killing their prey. The fangs are hollow and sharp, like a doctor’s hypodermic needle. They are connected to glands where the tarantula makes its venom, or poison. When the tarantula bites, the fangs force venom into the victim. With fangs like that, who needs teeth like ours? What are tarantulas? Large, hairy, scary spiders. Some are as large as dinner plates. Like all spiders, they are poisonous. Yet this may surprise you:

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