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15 Fascinating Facts About Daddy Longlegs That'll Give You Nightmare

Daddy longlegs is the most bizarre and distinctive spiders found in the world. They are easy to spot because of their round bodies and thin legs. There are many things which you don't know about this common breed of spider.  

Your misconceptions about this arachnid will definitely be cleared after knowing these frightening facts about them. Some of these facts will surely leave your skin crawling. So, read at your own risk.

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15 Fascinating Facts About Daddy Longlegs That'll Give You Nightmare

15 Fascinating Facts About Daddy Longlegs That'll Give You Nightmare

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1) Daddy longlegs are actually not spiders. 

1) Daddy longlegs are actually not spiders. 

These arachnids are quite similar to scorpions instead of spiders. They have a single pair of eyes and fused body instead of the waist found in the spiders. 

2) These arachnids are not toxic in nature. 

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Many people believe that Daddy longlegs are venomous in nature but the reality is totally different. The good thing about these arachnids is that they are not harmful to human beings. 

3) These arachnids arrived in the world even 200 million years before the dinosaurs. 

3) These arachnids arrived in the world even 200 million
years before the dinosaurs. 

In Scotland, scientists found a well-preserved fossil of daddy longlegs that is believed to be nearly 400 million years old. 

4) Daddy longlegs have different features and thus they're known by many names.

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These arachnids are known as 'Daddy Longlegs' in North America. Their scientific name is 'Opiliones' and they are also known by the names of harvestmen, shepherd spiders, etc. 

5) These arachnids are found in all the continents except Antarctica.  

5) These arachnids are found in all the continents except
Antarctica.  

They are generally found in humid areas under rocks, inside caves and around leaf litters. 

6) There are nearly 10,000 species of daddy longlegs found in the world. 

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The reason behind several varieties of daddy longlegs is their inability to travel at long distances. When a group of these arachnids is hampered by geographical division such as river or mountain, they split off into new species. 

7) Daddy longlegs are generally found in bunches. 

7) Daddy longlegs are generally found in bunches. 

These arachnids often clump together for protecting themselves from predators and maintaining humid environment around them. 

8) Instead of moving around, they prefer staying in the same region for a long time.

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Daddy longlegs don't move around much and prefer to stay in small crevices preferably in the same location. 

9) They know all the tactics to fool the predators.

9) They know all the tactics to fool the predators.

The common predators of daddy longlegs are birds, frogs, and lizards. These arachnids outsmart their predators by acting dead, camouflaging and producing foul-smelling chemicals. 

10) Harvestmen spiders like to stay neat and clean.

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They remove the parasites on their bodies by threading and sliding their legs through the mouths. 

11) The lifeline of these shepherd spiders is longer as compared to other arachnids.

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While the larger species of daddy longlegs can live for less than 2 years, the smaller ones can survive for up to 7 years. 

12) Their legs never grow back. 

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Once these arachnids reach adulthood, they are unable to grow back their appendages. You'll notice grown up arachnids with 6 or 7 legs instead of 8 as they shed their legs to escape predators or fight other males. 

13) Scientists are unable to determine whether these arachnids are predators or scavengers. 

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As these arachnids lack fangs or large pincers, they are unable to hunt much. Thus, they are forced to survive on crumbs and bug carcasses. 

14) Their reproduction process is also not studied yet. 

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Scientists have determined that conception generally occurs outside the body. But the detailed process of their reproduction is yet to be studied by the researchers. 

15) Male species are very deceptive in nature.

15) Male species are very deceptive in nature.

Male arachnids possess longer legs, special glands, and protuberances which are absent in the female species. There are two types of males: One that appear totally distinct from females and 'sneaky males' which are so similar to females that they can easily breed with them without competing with other males.

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