Life Cycle of a Spider


              A spider starts life inside an egg.  The mother spider lays many eggs.  Sometimes the mother spider dies after laying her eggs.  The eggs usually hatch in a very short time.  A baby spider is shaped like its mother, but may be lighter in color.  The baby spider is soon able to spin its own web and capture its own food.  It does not have to be taught.  This comes naturally.  Just like when you learn how to crawl or walk when you were a baby.

The spider's skeleton us on the outside of its body.  It looks like skin.  When the baby spider, or spiderling, grows too big it must shed its skeleton.  The old skeleton splits and the spider steps out of it.  This soft, new skeleton soon grows hard.  The spider is now an adult.

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