The oldest tarantula in the world died not in the best way
The spider was 43 years old when he had an annoying trouble with him, which led to the tragedy.
In Australia, the oldest of all science known spiders died. He was already 43 years old (the average life expectancy is 5-20 years), but he did not think to die of old age. In one not the most perfect day for him, he was pinched to death by a swine.
He obviously lived longer than the previous record holder from Mexico – a 28-year-old tarantula.
Long years of observing the spider have helped scientists to better study the behavior of these spiders and the dynamics of their population. For example, they were able to understand that tarantulas live so long, due to low metabolism and sedentary lifestyle in the usual places.
Specialists have discovered that female spiders remain in the same hole practically their entire life, which allows them to observe them. The study also gave an idea of how future climate change and the disappearance of forests can affect the species.