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How Does a Tarantula Hear
Even Though it Has No Ears?

It 's an age old question and I'm sure you'd like an answer, well here goes:

brachypelma_albopilosa.jpg (4172 bytes)Have you ever wondered how a tarantula knows where it's prey is, even though they don't have ears?

Tarantulas don't have ears but they do hear by detecting the vibrations of the movement of things around them via the hairs on their body and especially those very sensitive hairs on their legs. They are very efficient at detecting movement up to around 2 foot away!

The tarantula in the picture (click on it to see it full size) is a particularly hairy one that has the common name of the 'Curlyhair Tarantula'.

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Last Updated: February 19, 2007