Chapter Eleven - Science/Research Activity

After choosing the Quidditch team, Ron, Harry, and Hermione visit Hagrid. Their old friend is upset that Aragog, the giant talking spider, is ill. While Aragog is a magical creature, this activity looks at the spider’s muggle-world counterparts, tarantulas. Using the internet, encyclopedias, or other research resources, research the average life-span of a tarantula. How many different types of tarantulas did you find? What types of tarantulas can be kept as pets? What regions of the world are these large spiders found? Which types are poisonous? Write up the interesting facts you find, and pick which one you think looks the most like a smaller version of Aragog.