Arthropods: The Creepy Crawly Niche
Chilean Rose Hair
My name is “Arthur” to remind you that all spiders and scorpions are Arthropods (this group includes insects, millepedes, centipedes, lobsters, crabs, shrimp, crawdads, and anything else with an exoskeleton, no backbone, and jointed legs). I’m sure you’ve heard of Rosie, my relative at the Butterfly Pavilion. Just like Rosie’s caretakers, Party Safari staff allows people to hold me and my two Chilean Rose Hair compadres. We are a very gentle tarantula species, so get over your fears and enjoy the experience!
Costa Rican Pink Toe
My name is “Hairy” because I am so hairy! I am not yet full grown, but when I get there I have been known to eat vertebrates: things like frogs! I live in the trees in Costa Rican rainforests. Randy believes I have a pretty calm temperament (no hair flicking or raised arm warning yet observed) and might be willing to let guests hold me, if they promise to be calm!
My name is “Fuego” because I have fire legs and my relatives are from Mexico. Sometimes I show my defensive behavior (flicking hairs) so you can look at me, but only Party Safari staff can hold me.
My name is “Roja” because I have red knees and my relatives are from Mexico. I am over ten years old, which means I am female. Let Party Safari staff explain why. Like my Mexican relative above, I also flick hairs when I get annoyed, so I’m just for viewing.
My name is “Mowgli” because I am from India (The Jungle Book). I am part of a very defensive tarantula species, and I show my bright yellow undersides to warn potential predators that I can deliver a potent bite. As such, I am for viewing, but not for touching.
Asian Rainforest Scorpion
My name is “UV” because I do something incredible under UV light. Our Party Safari staff will teach you whether my creepy crawly friends and I are poisonous or venomous. (There is a big difference between the two.)
Experience the Creepy Crawly!
Thank you Haley Martin for your photos!