Alley Pond Pioneers explored desert environments today and got to meet an animal that is well adapted for arid climates. Meeting Rosie, our Chilean Rose Tarantula, was certainly a thrilling experience! Did you know tarantulas turn their prey into a smoothie before they eat it?! It's true! And their fuzzy abdomen - that's actually a crucial defense mechanism that helps them avoid predators because, yes, there are animals that eat tarantulas! We wrapped up the day by making a DIY cactus out of some rocks, glue, and paint. All the fun of having a cactus, minus the spines!