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Even More Animals!

Chilean Rose Tarantula

Tarantula

There are over 800 species of tarantula worldwide, found on every continent except Antarctica.  There are several subspecies of Rose Tarantulas, yet Chilean Rose Tarantulas are found exclusively in Chile, South America.  The body is typically around 3.8cm (1.5 inches) and the leg span 14.6cm (5.75 inches) and, in captivity, life span for males is up to 3.5 years and for females over 20 years.  Tarantulas eat insects, other arthropods and occasionally small animals.  You may be reassured to know that no human has ever dies of a Tarantual bite!

Pygmy Goats

Pygmy Goats

The Pygmy Goat is a small species that has been domesticated. The females can be about 16 inches tall and the males are about 23 inches tall. For weight the females range from 50 to 75 pounds, the males are somewhat larger from 60 to 85 pounds. This is a subspecies that are used to create dairy products around the world.

Terrapin

Terrapin

Turtles are the oldest living creatures on earth dating back as far as 215 million years, fossils from as far as 180 million years ago have been found all over the world.  The gender of a Terrapin is determined by how warm the nest is during the incubation period with warmer nests producing more females.  When first hatched Terrapins are only about 1 inch long but will grow to 10 to 12 inches long.  Terrapins typically live for around 15 to 20 years and their age can be estimated by counting the growth rings on the scutes of the plastron and carapace.