These 15 Fascinating Facts About Daddy Longlegs Will Leave Your Skin Crawling.

Daddy longlegs are easily identified with their long legs projecting out from their small round bodies. Here are 15 facts that will change how you look at daddy longlegs.

1. Daddy longlegs are not spiders.

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They are more closely related to scorpions! Daddy longlegs don’t produce silk, only have one pair of eyes, and don’t have a ‘waist’ like other spiders, their bodies are fused.

2. They are not poisonous.

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They don’t have fangs and cannot produce any venom.

3. They have been around for a very (very) long time.

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Scientists in Scotland found a well-preserved daddy longlegs fossil that is believed to be at least 400 million years old.

4. They are known by another name.

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Daddy longlegs is the name used in North America, but in other parts of the world they are called “harvestmen” or “shepherd spiders.” Their scientific name is Opiliones.

5. Daddy longlegs are found everywhere

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They live on every continent except Antarctica.

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