Title: Do Tarantulas Have Teeth?Do Tarantulas Have Teeth
Author: Melvin & Gilda Berger
Illustrator: Jim Effler
Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 9 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

Remember Can it Rain Cats and Dogs? by Melvin and Gilda Berger? Well, Do Tarantulas Have Teeth? is from the same series and is every bit as educational and engaging.

Fun Facts.

  • Tarantulas have poisonous hairs on their rear legs. When in danger, they brush these hairs into the air where they cause a rash on their enemy’s skin or inhibit breathing.
  • The female black widow spider’s venom is about 15 times more poisonous than a rattlesnake’s!
  • The king cobra is the largest poisonous animal in the world – it can grow to a length of 18 feet!
  • A fraction of an ounce of the venom of the spitting cobra is enough to kill 165 humans or 160,000 mice!
  • Many Japanese people pay large sums of money to trained chefs who know how to remove the poisonous parts from the puffer fish. Despite this caution, about 30 people die from these carefully prepared meals!
  • Honeybees kill about as many people in the U.S. each year as all venomous snakes put together!
  • Sea wasps have no brain, no bones, no shell, and no skin.
  • A single drop of the poison arrow frog’s venom could kill more than 1,000 people!
  • Ladybugs spurt a yellow poison from their knees whose smelliness is enough to drive away their enemies and which also irritates sensitive skin.


This Q&A occurs on page 25.

Were wasps ever used to kill prisoners?

Yes, in ancient Rome. A favorite punishment was death by stinging.

The prisoner was first covered with honey and tied up near a hive of angry wasps. The wasps knew what to do. They went for the honey and ended up stinging the prisoner to death.

A little violent.

Conclusion. Great. Everything your child ever wanted to know about poisonous animals is answered in this book.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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