Trapdoor spiders secure their burrow with a trapdoor. How many designs are possible? Find out as this book introduces young readers to trapdoor spiders, the burrow-dwelling spiders that are quite the structural engineers! Students will learn about trapdoor spiders' sizes, behaviors, habits, dietary needs, methods of defense, anatomy, and colors. Reproduction and spiderling development are also introduced. A diagram of a spider's body aids readers in identifying anatomical features. Threats to the spiders and their habitat including predators and humans are covered. Readers will also learn about the many types of shelters trapdoor spiders build. A distribution map shows where trapdoor spiders are found, so the young arachnologist can be on the lookout for a specimen to observe. For the less adventurous, full-color photos allow close observation from the comfort of the library! Glossary words in bold, phonetic spellings, and an index supplement easy-to-read text. These books are ideal for research reports and general reading. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.