THE JUMPING SPIDER
Welcome to some interesting facts about a cute creature.
Jumping spiders are a group of spiders that constitute the family Salticidae. This family contains roughly 635 described genera and about 6080 described species, making it the largest family of spiders with about 13% of all species.
- There are over 5000 species of jumping spider – this makes them the most numerous of species in the spider family.
- They can be found all over the world and thrive in various types of habitat, from mountainous regions to deserts.
- They do not catch their prey using webs like many spiders – but instead ambush them by leaping on top of them.
- They have 4 pairs of eyes which allows them to focus on insects from about 20cm away – this way they can distinguish between prey and danger.
- The hair on their legs helps them walk across very smooth surfaces like glass more easily.
- They can jump about 50 times their body length!
Clancy's comment: Yet, another cute creature, eh?